It's a scam that is roaming the country, but targeting many people in Louisiana. You may have heard of them. They approach you in parking lots of shopping centers and gas stations. They've even been known to pull up next to you at a stop light. Their actions are all in an effort to sell you speakers.
Chances are Kenny Mayer's speakers look familiar. That's because he is only the beginning of the list of people in Louisiana who have been scammed. They were approached in a parking lot and told the same line: We picked up speakers from our boss, loaded two, and can't have an extra. "They said their boss took it from them and sold it to their friends and they were like, 'This time, I want to make the money,'" Mayer says.
Kenny Mayer is one of several victims in his group of friends. If you're thinking, just don't take speakers from a parking lot, Mayer says he didn't. He actually went home and checked online. He didn't check a website the accused scam artist gave him, but the website that came up when he typed the speaker names in GoogleTM. "When it came up, it had the products, the information, how to contact them, and then I clicked on the product and there it was."
That website no longer exists. Now, when Mayer and his friends type the same name in GoogleTM, warnings pop up from Wikipedia and all the people across the country that have been scammed. "Baton Rouge and Lake Charles that are getting on and posting their own stories," Mayer says. Mayer says the audio quality from his speakers don't even come close to the "fancy" sound they are supposed to make. "I have a regular boom box and it had better speakers than that."