Phony vet in Texas running scams
If you live in the San Antonio area, you should be on the lookout for this guy:
A San Marcos veterans group says they were duped when a man claiming to be a Vietnam veteran came to town last Thursday asking for help.
American Legion Post 144 Commander Tom Tvrdik says it was Friday morning when he received a phone call asking him to go down to the post to respond to an emergency. He says when he showed up a man and woman, both in their early seventies, got off a bus asking for help.
Tvrdik says the man told him he served 10 years in Vietnam and had been subsisting on his wife’s Social Security, but that they needed money to tide them over until his benefits came through.
“I thought it was legit,” remarked Tvrdik, citing the man’s duffle bags with ‘Robinson’ stenciled on, just as the military had done in the days when the post commander served. There was however one red flag. Tvrdik says the couple was looking for a trailer to rent in San Marcos after the death of one of their grandmothers brought them to town. “But they couldn’t tell me the name of the grandmother,” said Tvrdik.
Still, he decided to give them the benefit of the doubt. “Because that's what we’re here for,” said Tvrdik. “[We’re] here to help veterans as much as we can.” He put them up for three nights in a hotel. The VFW contributed a night as well. By the time the couple left on Tuesday they had received about $500 in cash, hotel stays, and gift cards. The final parting gift was a bus ticket to San Antonio.
Here's the video from KVUE: