Con Man Scams Kids and Parents with Living Social Deal
The next time you buy a Living Social deal, make sure to read the existing reviews first.
About 40 parents (and an equal number of disappointed kids) have spent up to $1,000 for a fictitious 9-week summer camp that they saw on Living Social. Unfortunately, when they showed up for the first day of camp, families found out that they’ve been duped.
“Camp Vision”, a summer camp touted by alleged founder Dejean Gathers boasted a host of different trips across several locations in Brooklyn, The Bronx, and New Jersey. On their website, the camp claims that it “partners with First Lady, Michelle Obama, and the ‘Let’s Move Now’ campaign.”
However, when parents showed up at the designated pick-up locations, employees at those facilities delivered the grim news — there is no camp.
“They never heard of him, and they said at this site, there’s no camp,” angry mom Natoya Turnbull recalled. “I couldn’t believe [it].”
With further investigation, it was then discovered that Dejean Gathers was, in fact, a veteran con man. Last year, he plead guilty to posing as a real estate agent and stealing the down payment money from his victims. On top of that, he was also charged with larceny in 2011. Currently, in his Facebook page, he is posing as a “bishop” with the Prophetic Promise Cathedral Church.
This case is currently under investigation, although Gathers is nowhere to be found.
To compensate the victims of this fraudulent camp, Living Social is refunding the deal money, but unfortunately, there is nothing they can do for the sad and disappointed little campers.
“I was really excited because I wanted to do something this summer, but when my mom said I couldn’t go . . . I was sad,” said Brianna Villanueva, 10, one of the victims of this atrocity.