WPD warns of possible door-to-door scam



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Potential scam artists Whitefield police have questioned that are going door-to-door selling magazine subscriptions (from left to right) Daniel Ciesielski, Phillip Green and Misty Moon. (click for larger version)
April 14, 2011
WHITEFIELD — According to Whitefield police the public should be wary of three out of state individuals who are roaming the Whitefield and Berlin areas selling magazine subscriptions in a possible scam. Lancaster Police have also received similar reports.

On March 29 the WPD received a complaint of suspicious activity that Daniel Ciesielski, 23 of Pennsylvania; Phillip Green, 18 of Arkansas; and Misty Moon, 24 of Arkansas, were going door-to-door selling magazine subscriptions for a Colorado company named "Lucretius Phocylides".

Upon further investigation it came to light that the three had been let into several homes in the area and obtained payments through cash, checks and credit. They reportedly used the resident's telephone to call in the credit transactions and each time the resident was informed they were not able to process the transaction.

The WPD picked up the individuals for questioning while they were walking around town and were able to identify them on the basis that "they didn't fit in, one had a trench coat and the other had piercings," said Whitefield Police Chief Bill Colborn.

Police found a list of contacts in their possession including check and credit card information from residents in Whitefield and Berlin. According to Colborn each of the three had an extensive criminal history including theft, fraud, assault, prostitution and drug possession convictions. Moon specifically had obtained driver's licenses from at least six different states at one time or another.

There have yet to be any charges brought against the three as at this time there is no evidence of fraud or theft. The credit card and personal information was given out willingly, noted Colborn and if the magazines don't show up then a case can be made.

The three are believed to be staying at the Eastgate Motel in Littleton and drive a green 1998 Dodge Durango with Colorado plates.

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Potential scam artists Whitefield police have questioned that are going door-to-door selling magazine subscriptions (from left to right) Daniel Ciesielski, Phillip Green and Misty Moon.

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WPD warns of possible door-to-door scam

By Jonathan Benton

jbenton@salmonpress.com

WHITEFIELD — According to Whitefield police the public should be wary of three out of state individuals who are roaming the Whitefield and Berlin areas selling magazine subscriptions in a possible scam. Lancaster Police have also received similar reports.

On March 29 the WPD received a complaint of suspicious activity that Daniel Ciesielski, 23 of Pennsylvania; Phillip Green, 18 of Arkansas; and Misty Moon, 24 of Arkansas, were going door-to-door selling magazine subscriptions for a Colorado company named "Lucretius Phocylides".

Upon further investigation it came to light that the three had been let into several homes in the area and obtained payments through cash, checks and credit. They reportedly used the resident's telephone to call in the credit transactions and each time the resident was informed they were not able to process the transaction.

The WPD picked up the individuals for questioning while they were walking around town and were able to identify them on the basis that "they didn't fit in, one had a trench coat and the other had piercings," said Whitefield Police Chief Bill Colborn.

Police found a list of contacts in their possession including check and credit card information from residents in Whitefield and Berlin. According to Colborn each of the three had an extensive criminal history including theft, fraud, assault, prostitution and drug possession convictions. Moon specifically had obtained driver's licenses from at least six different states at one time or another.

There have yet to be any charges brought against the three as at this time there is no evidence of fraud or theft. The credit card and personal information was given out willingly, noted Colborn and if the magazines don't show up then a case can be made.

The three are believed to be staying at the Eastgate Motel in Littleton and drive a green 1998 Dodge Durango with Colorado plates.

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