SCAM WARNING: In November 2013 I posted the original post about a scam being practiced on lawyers and their office staff. An alleged FedEx employee claims to have been seriously injured while making a delivery to a Walmart store. His claim includes a Sedgwick adjuster Robert Johnson and a landlord, Mr. Jackson. There is a brother going by the name of Tyrone. The scam is to get the lawyer to send the landlord money cards, Green Dot money cards you buy from Walgreens.

Since that original post I've been contacted by lawyers from several states that include Iowa, California, Spokane, Washington, Harford, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey and now Baltimore, Maryland. The scammer is a black man with a thick Louisianan accent. Below are the string of posts you may want to read. If you are contacted please send me an email so I can geographically track them. I will not include your name, unless you ask to be named. If your law practice has paid money let me know and again I will protect your identity. By my count the lawyers are ahead 8 to 0. This blog post has turned into a compendium that will move along, includes a list of articles and the original post follows the list. Good luck with your practices. 

TRIPLE DOUBLE DARE WARNING: Today, November 21, 2014 this scamer is working the Knoxville, Tennessee market. A few days ago he was working Mississippi lawyers using the name Randy Lee Williams and giving the phone numbers 901-267-9739 and 225-620-7812 and claiming to reside at 111 Alvin Lane, Napoleonville, LA. 

November 18, 2013: Law Practice: The Paraplegic Scam and the story of Po Javontae – Des Moines, Iowa.

December 9, 2013: Breaking News: Javontae's paraplegic scam, moves from Iowa to California! - California

December 13, 2013: Breaking News: Hot off the Dysfunctional Press from the Lombardi Law Firm! – Spokane, Washington

December 15, 2013: More Breaking News: Where is Waldo? He’s in New Haven, Connecticut

December 18, 2013: Does Waldo own a jet? – The Big Apple, New York, New York

December 21, 2013: Paraplegic scammer attempts his scam on lawyers in Baltimore, Maryland

January 14, 2014: News Update: Fed Ex and Walmart Scammers in New Jersey

January 22, 2014: Let’s Rock & Roll with Po Javontae, Baltimore, Maryland -  Javontae is back trolling again in Baltimore, Maryland, slight change of reported facts. He’s changed his address to: Napoleon, 111 East Little Texas Road, Louisiana  70390. This lawyer did not bite.

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ORIGINAL POST - November 18, 2013

In this business there are all sorts of scam artists knocking on the lawyer’s door. I’ve experienced several. This past Friday I started the day off in the dentist’s chair when a man called the office with an urgent plea for help with his personal injury case. According to his story he (Javontae Terrell Holloway) is from Louisiana and formerly worked for FedEx in Des Moines delivering packages. He was delivering to Wal-Mart where he got hurt. According to his story the Wal-Mart employee set a ramp but failed to latch one side properly to the truck. As Javontae was backing his forklift out of the truck the ramp gave way and he tumbled over sideways. Of course he was seriously injured and is now rendered a paraplegic. How sad for po Javontae.

The immediate problem is that FedEx cut off his workers’ compensation benefits and he’s about to be evicted from his home in good old Louisiana. Those bastards!

In the beginning FedEx was nice and paid the first surgery bill for $423,000 followed by a quick payment for the second surgery of $272,000. But shortly after that things started falling apart and his benefits were cut off.  You see other doctors are saying he needs a third surgery on his head and who knows how much that will cost; after all the first two surgeries done in Iowa City were very expensive. This is terrible. Those bastards! Po Javontae.

As the story unfolds, FedEx started paying him benefits of $428.00 per week for this February 18, 2013 injury, but then suddenly stopped when the doctor said he had reached “MMI”. Anyone in this business knows that MMI stands for maximum medical improvement and Mr. Southern drawl rolled that baby off his tongue like it was warm grits and gravy.

“MMI, Messer Lumbardi. And then they just cut me off.”

Po Javontae, shoot the bastards!

Javontae is pretty upset and I ask who has the telephone number for the FedEx adjuster who is working the case. Even though he’s home he doesn’t have it with him, but his brother Tyrone does and if I call Tyrone he can give it to me. I get Tyrone’s number. After repeated attempts I finally get to speak to Tyrone. Apparently he’s back from whatever else he was doing, but by the end of the conversation I have no phone number for any adjuster, but do realize the rent still hasn’t been paid and Tyrone is warming up the car to go with Mr. Jackson and Po Javontae to sign the papers, you know the release papers.

Wait a minute, “release papers”? What’s this release papers stuff about? For some reason Tyrone’s phone has the same problem with connectivity as Javontae’s. Disconnected again, damn what's happening with Po Javontae during this down time?

In your mind you’re supposed to go, “Po Javontae, he’s about to get screwed.”

At this point in the conversation his life starts sounding like a John Grisham novel because he hadn’t paid his rent for three months and his landlord, the evil Mr. Larry Jackson is threatening to evict him and has already started the legal process to do just that. This sounds urgent!

Oh my, how sad. Po Javontae.

This is where things start getting a little sticky. You see Po Javontae doesn’t want to have to go to the nursing home, but if he can’t come up with da rent money ($450/month x 3 = “three hunded fifty dolla”) that’s exactly where landlord Larry Jackson is going to put him. Can he do that?

I’m not sure how things work in Louisiana, but here in Iowa landlords don’t put renters in nursing homes for non-payment of rent.

Oh my how, sad this story is; we just need a dog dying in the back of Po Mr. Javontae’s pickup truck and we will have a hit country western song.

And just when you think it can’t get any worse it does. You see Sedgwick allegedly has a ruthless adjuster named Robert Johnson (not the real Robert Johnson, see below) who has sent Po Javontae a “release” that is supposed to release both FedEx AND Wal-Mart from any and all liability. And Mr. Jackson is putting pressure on Po Javontae to sign those papers so Sedgwick can pay the rent money and Po Javontae won’t have to go to the nursing home. “Because you know Mr. Lombardi, I don’t want to go to no nursing home, sir.

Oh my, how sad. Po Po Poooooooooo Javontae.

For some reason we keep getting disconnected. The phone Po Javontae uses keeps hanging up on me. And when I call right back he doesn’t always pick up. He must be on the phone with the evil adjuster. He did tell Barbara he uses one of those phones you buy at Walgreens and he doesn’t have many minutes left.

Really? Po Javontae.

Of course at this point I need to talk with Mr. Jackson because no one should give away a $6 million case for just the $780,000 they are offering. I do get ahold of the mean Mr. Jackson who says he just wants his rent money sir. “I just gotta have my rent monies or Javontae will need to go to the nursing home. He hasn’t paid in three months and I just can’t wait any more sir.” I ask Mr. Jackson how he wants to get paid rent and he has a plan. Mr. Jackson instructs me to go to Walgreens and get a GreenDot MoneyPak. “Yo got Walgreens there don’t you?” He tells me I can get them in $100 increments and will need several to cover the rent. These are nothing more than prepaid Visa cards that will work anyplace. That Mr. Jackson sure is helpful. And as I pointed out earlier, he has a plan.

But between calls Po Javantae wants me to know there is more to tell and the case is developing quickly. “Ya see Adjuster Johnson just called and has now raised the offer from Wal-Mart to $1.2 million, but only if I don’ts hire a lawyer.” And let us not forget that Landlord Jackson is "warming up da car to go ova to sign that paypa."

Po Javontae. Certainly yo not going to sign the release paypa. Please don’t Mr. Javontae.

Po Po Po Po Poooooooooooooo Javontae.

So I being the nice guy I am, begin to chase down an adjuster named Robert Johnson who works for, you guessed it, Sedgwick Claims. Bingo if we get ahold of Mr. Ruthless Johnson I can put the kibosh on this FedEx/Wal-Mart squeeze play which they are allegedly trying to pull off for a song and a dance.

I first try the Sedgwick site map for Louisiana but there is no claim office in Louisiana. That’s a bummer because I was hoping to get a trip in to New Orleans with Katrina. (She told me if we went she’d use an assumed name so as not to bring bad juju with her down to Voodoo Central.)  

I call the main number at Sedgwick and the receptionist puts me through to the general claims manager who hooks me up with a Mr. Robert Johnson who works out of the Memphis office. (Wasn’t The Firm shot in Memphis?)  I read back the number given to me by both Po Javontae and that ruthless landlord Mr. Jackson and for some odd reason it’s different.

I phone the Memphis office and speak to a real live person who goes by the name of Mr. Robert Johnson who by the way is a really nice guy and who informs me this is all a scam. He like me is well aware no quick settlement could take place because as Po Javontae reported he’d applied for Social Security along with Medicare and was approved. Of course the real Mr. Johnson is pretty upset that so many lawyers are chasing him down in Memphis; and in turn he is in touch with the authorities who I figure is the FBI.

At this point Po Javontae is getting nothing from me except I have to call him back to play with him and to burn up his cell phone burner phone minutes. Life’s a bitch eh Javontae.

In the end I wasted a lot of time and Po Javontae wasted two or three burner phones while getting no prepaid Visa cards.

This is the second time in my career this scam has come my way. I remember it being played out 15 years ago. No money then and no money today.  In the end my system worked and I’m out nothing but a little time. Yes, I still like the practice of law and yes I still like New Orleans. But Javontae? Not so much.

So what can we learn from this one? First, this scam can work in any state where there is workers’ compensation. The scammer tries to play off of racial prejudice, uses very poor grammar, acting dumb, stupid and gives few details about the claim itself. He seeks lawyers who have poor investigative systems, are eager for a big case, know little about the areas of Iowa workers’ compensation and the federal social security system along with Medicare. If you understand this area of the law you will pick up that the details he does give do not hang together; so long as you know how workers’ compensation and social security work with Medicare settlements. If you don’t then find a lawyer that does because any lawyer without the proper understanding of how this system works can easily be taken advantage of with the notion a huge and quick payday.

What did P.T. Barnum say, “Unless a man enters upon the vocation intended for him by nature, and best suited to his peculiar genius, he cannot succeed.” 
― P.T. Barnum

Some of the Red Flags:

  • Sedgwick can’t represent and release both WalMart and FedEx.
  • Sedgwick can’t release its liability without FedEx signing off on it and with another surgery in the works FedEx would never consent to such a low settlement.
  • The phones being used are burner phones; they have limited minutes so for this number to be useful they need to last through the entire scam. As the lawyer tries to do the interview the minutes are getting eaten up and sooner or later this burner will be empty. This is a concern to the potential client attempting to commit the fraud so he needs to shorten the times or else run out of minutes and need a new burner phone. The excuse is the battery needs recharging. Of course the burner phone is used because it’s untraceable. Lawyers should never cut short their initial interview. Getting the facts is important.
  • Few facts are given by the potential client.
  • Then there is the problem of phone numbers. You’ll never get the adjuster, because he doesn’t exist. In this place will be just a phone mail drop where he will always tell you to just leave a message or provide a fax number. When you push zero it will never go through to a receptionist, like it would with a real insurance company phone system.
  • The phone numbers this potential client provides do not match up with real adjusters who do actually exist. In this instance although there was a voice mail message for a Robert Johnson at the 901-485-6761 phone number it was bogus and used an incorrect area code. Of course the phone number for the real Mr. Johnson in Memphis had an 866 area code.
  • These are unsophisticated people who really don’t understand how the system works and this is one instance where Medicare and Social Security provide a nice backstop. The basis of this fraud is urgency; unless the lawyer acts the client will sign away his very valuable case for little money. But none of this made much sense. As an example if the client has applied or is receiving Medicare they are not allowed to settle the case without first doing a Medicare Set Aside and so there can be no quick settlement without the MSA. In this case none had been done so this release would be voidable.
  • Addresses can be a give-away. Addresses on E. 6th Street, Natchitoches, LA does exist. I checked it out on Google. [http://goo.gl/maps/trljR] This potential client did provide a street address on East 6th Street in Natchitoches, Louisiana. I won’t give the exact house number just in case there is actually a house there.
  • And Mr. Jackson the ruthless landlord lives on Lee Street in Natchitoches, but again I won’t give the exact house number. This address is not shown on Google Maps. [http://goo.gl/maps/LBSZe]
  • Po Javontae gave his date of birth as September 4, 1989 which on November 15, 2013 would make him 24 years old. When asked his age he reported it to be 25.
  • Weekly Compensation Rate was a rounded number, which it never is. It can be $478.34 but not exactly $478.00.
  • When I start really digging for details the phone goes dead without explanation.

Practice Tips

  1. The bottom line is never advance a client or potential client funds in order to get a client to sign up with you.
  2. Always do a complete interview to obtain facts to know the claim is legitimate.
  3. Use social media and a Google search to try and locate details that an accident has been reported.
  4. Be methodical about developing the facts and follow the procedures you’ve created.
  5. If you don’t really understand the law in an area of personal injury or workers’ compensation associate with an attorney that does. We do a lot of referral work and enjoy working with local attorneys on their cases. If we can help you give us a call. 

 

Steve Lombardi
Iowa personal injury, workers' compensation, motorcycle, quadriplegic, paraplegic, brain injury, death
55 Comments
Got a call from Troy Walker, 832-840-2472, rear ended by U-haul on freeway, tire blow out. Insurance company flying in at 2 today to have him sign papers for $1.2m settlement. Behind in rent, can't lose place because of two young kids. Accident happened in Bakersfield, CA, but he lives in Texas. "Landlord" gets on phone and says his wife has stage-4 breast cancer and needs $268 today for medications and if he gets that, he'll let Walker slide to December. When I asked him to send police report and documents from the insurance company, he offered me the "phone number" of the insurance adjuster. I again asked for the paperwork and he said he has all his paperwork, but had to get off the phone with me because he's trying to call other people to get the $268.
by San Jose, CA Law Firm November 15, 2017 at 02:22 PM
Got a call from a Troy Walker this morning and it followed the script more or less as already outlined. His landlord, Carl Torrence needed $268.00 sent Wal Mart to Wal Mart for his ailing wife's medicine. $1.2 million on the table but he knew that wasn't near policy limits.
by Birmingham, AL Lawyer November 6, 2017 at 09:47 AM
"Troy Walker" called today. This time the accident was in Beaumont, Texas, when the U-Haul truck blew a tire and hit his vehicle from behind. The insurance company was offering only $1.2 million today out of the $2 million policy. But, Troy's landlord needed $1600.00 today or else Troy was going to be evicted. The landlord got on the phone and quickly reduced the amount needed today to $289.00. Troy never could give an answer regarding how he was referred to me. There are lots of personal injury lawyers in Port Arthur, Beaumont, etc. but Troy was calling up to Richardson, Texas.
by Kent Canada October 31, 2017 at 02:11 PM
We got a call from "Troy Walker" who said he was from Texas. Claimed his collision was with a U-Haul truck being driven by a U-haul employee in Bakersfield, CA and that he was paralyzed from the waist down. Said that there is a $2,000,000 insurance policy but the insurance folks came today and were offering $1.5 to settle his case if he would sign a release right then. We asked him to fax a police report and/or a medical record and he said never mind and hung up.
by Kate October 19, 2017 at 05:35 PM
Troy Walker just called us here in Texas. Claimed his collision was with a U-Haul truck being driven by a U-haul employee and that he was paralyzed from the waist up. Told me the crash happened around Beaumont, Texas. Our office is in Fort Worth. Said that there is a $2,000,000 insurance policy but the insurance folks came up today and they're only offering $1.3 to settle his case and that "ain't right" considering "I'm paralyzed from the waist down." When I told him I thought he said he was paralyzed from the waist up he hung up on me.
by John Shaw October 19, 2017 at 03:39 PM
Our office received telephone call today regarding an auto accident which happened in July 2017 and the man was paralyzed & insurance offering $1.5 million; having rent problems; asking us to wire him rent money to a Walmart store; stated his sister would contact our office later today with more information about the case. When we questioned aspects of what he was trying to do, he hung up. He gave his name as Troy Walker, accident happened in Troy, Michigan and phone number of 832-977-1596
by Debra Hallock, Paralegal October 12, 2017 at 11:52 AM
Got a call today. Claimed to be a paraplegic as a result of a Ft. Lauderdale auto accident. Wanted $186.00 for the landlord's wife, to buy medication. Offered 1.5 million on a 2 million dollar policy and was ready to sign. We were to send the rent money via Western Union to a Houston address. He had a Western Union security code, so we gather he has had some success this way.
by Leslie Riviere July 19, 2017 at 07:37 PM
It is now 2017 and he is still calling law firms. He goes by the name of Kevin Johnson and his latest fact scenario is as follows: "We got a call from Kevin Johnson today claiming that he was rear-ended by a U-Haul truck on I-55 in Jackson, Mississippi when their tire blew out which left him paralyzed from the waist down. He was meeting with the insurance adjuster at 2:45 and they were wanting him to settle for $1.5 million. He went on to explain that he was two months behind on rent and that he was about to be evicted. His past due rent totaled $1100.00. He put his landlord, Carl Torrence and [on] the phone. Carl went on to explain that his wife had cancer and he needed $225 to pay for her chemo. He asked if we had a Wal-Mart here and that we could moneygram him the money. The address that he was using was 2731 Tidewater Road, Houston, Texas 77045. Since that initial call, he has called back 4 times asking where the money was." As for the FBI getting involved, it is not going to happen. They have a lot more important things to think about other than this scam.
by Steve Lombardi July 6, 2017 at 07:39 AM
We got a call from Kevin Johnson today claiming that he was rear-ended by a U-Haul truck on I-55 in Jackson, Mississippi when their tire blew out which left him paralyzed from the waist down. He was meeting with the insurance adjuster at 2:45 and they were wanting him to settle for $1.5 million. He went on to explain that he was two months behind on rent and that he was about to be evicted. His past due rent totaled $1100.00. He put his landlord, Carl Torrence and the phone. Carl went on to explain that his wife had cancer and he needed $225 to pay for her chemo. He asked if we had a Wal-Mart here and that we could moneygram him the money. The address that he was using was 2731 Tidewater Road, Houston, Texas 77045. Since that initial call, he has called back 4 times asking where the money was. I'm glad I'm a nosy assistant and googled the "accident"! Can anything be done about this?
by Shandy Law July 5, 2017 at 03:46 PM
Called here today under the name "Kevin Johnson." Paraplegic from the waist down. Landlord's wife has cancer. Claims to live in Mississippi but the accident happened in Baton Rouge.
by anonymous June 29, 2017 at 05:42 PM
Paul Torrence called me today, said he was paralyzed after being hit by a Uhaul truck on May 20, 2017 in Bakersfield, CA. His landlord, Mr. Davis, is going to evict him and he has two young daughters and doesn't want them to be out on the street. Claims he lives in Texas but needs a good California lawyer. UHaul is trying to pay him $1.5 million and they are trying to get him to sign a "waiver" (release). He wants to know if a lawyer can get UHaul to pay him some money now so he can pay his rent. I tried to get information regarding the accident, police report, adjuster, etc. Phone cut off. He called back a few minutes later and said he'd send me a picture of the police report. Hangs up again. He used the number (662) 242-0784
by Victor Wear June 23, 2017 at 08:13 PM
Just got a call from Randy Williams and his landlord Carl Torrence (he is very good with accents or has an accomplice) about an injury in Utah. I got the U-haul story and he signed the documents I sent him. He plays a very good ignorant client that is going to get taken advantage of by the insurance company. The dollar signs took over for a while, but checked his social before having a lender wire money and it didn't check out. This guy has stepped up his game. He had quick answers to all of my questions and didn't ask for very much money at all. Almost bought it.
by John May 19, 2017 at 04:08 PM
"Carl Torrence" just called here claiming hit by U-Haul truck in Chattanooga and "people are flying in with check to settle for $1.5 mil" and he needs representation and money for rent. As the paralegal I googled, looking for a news article for the accident, and found this website. I called Mr. Torrence back and began probing his need for representation at which point he said, "never mind" and hung up. Thanks for the heads up. Looks as if they are working Eastern Tennessee now. I could hear someone in the background apparently talking/coaching him on the details.
by Sharon April 20, 2017 at 11:53 AM
We received a call in Florida this morning from Mr. Torrence. Thank you for your post.
by Wendy Powell April 12, 2017 at 09:49 AM
That fucker called me a few years back (Texas). You would think his scam would have improved over the years. If he contacts you, tell him you'll happily forward him the money once he faxes over a copy of his driver's license and most recent utility bill. Then forward that to the police.
by Andrew Traub April 10, 2017 at 05:04 PM
Carl Torrence called us this morning in Tuscaloosa, AL, got hit from Uhaul in Huntsville, AL in December, hes paralyzed, kept calling back, he has $1 million check written to him, he needs help with rent...........i googled his name and saw this!!! So now hes hitting Alabama attorneys!
by Kim March 21, 2017 at 10:44 AM
We just received a call from Carl Torrence this morning stating he was receiving a Settlement from U-Haul at 10, said it was $2 million - we were skeptical and started asking questions and he hung up....We get calls like this about 1-3 times a year.
by Park & Durham March 20, 2017 at 10:58 AM
Just got a call from Carl Torrence - UHaul, 1.5mil settlement, needs to pay landlord, lawyers flying into Texas to settle with him. He is in TX. I am in Florida.
by Patrick March 20, 2017 at 10:42 AM
Carl Torrence is now working the Georgia market. He called today and said he was getting a settlement after being rear-ended by a U-Haul in Macon, Georgia. "People" were flying in from Pheonix to give him money out of a 2.1M policy.
by James N February 27, 2017 at 03:57 PM
Good old Carl Torrence just called and said he was paralyzed after being hit by a Uhaul truck on 11/18/16 in Bakersfield, CA. His sister is taking care of him in Columbia, Mississippi. UHaul is trying to pay him $1.5 million out of a $2 million policy. He is going to take it because his electric is getting shut off and he need $238 to pay it. They will only pay his electric if he signs the release. He has limited minutes on his phone ect. ect. Well, luckily, we googled his name and called him out on his scam. He immediately hung up.
by Seth February 22, 2017 at 05:27 PM
Carl/Karl Torrence/Torrance called our firm today for the 4th time trying to scam us. This time, he got hit by a U-Haul truck on the interstate and was paralyzed from the waist down. He said his call back number was 662-228-3672. He claimed the defendant's name was Robert. The call dropped before I could get any more information about the latest iterations of the story ... maybe he figures if he hangs up, only firms who aren't on to his scam will call him back. Why does this guy not keep a simple database?! He knows we know!
by Brian February 2, 2017 at 01:39 PM
Carl Torrence called us and is using the phone (662) 228-3685 he gave an address of 133 maple street in Columbus Ohio. And claims he was in hospital in room 224.
by Frank A February 1, 2017 at 01:40 AM
Carl Torrence called us this morning in Nashville. He was rear-ended bu a UHaul truck on 1-40. Paraplegic. Needed rent and electric paid because his colostomy bags need to be cleaned. But UHaul does not do partial payments when he called and asked. And, no he did ot have that number with him. But someone named John would be there at 11:30 to sign the release for $1.5 million. He thought they had an umbrella for at least $5 million, a lawyer in Mississippi had all but confirmed it. But he could not wait. as I heard the story, I asked if a wreck this bad was covered in the news. He did not know because he was in the hospital and then recovering at his sisters in MS. So, i googled his name and this blog was the first hit and I started jacking with him. I told him I would send him $5,000 not to sign the paperwork and hire me. He bought it - hook, line and sinker. I let it go on for a few minutes. Then, I said, "Listen there is another paraplegic named Carl Torrence who is lying and trying to scam lawyers. Now I know that is not you but I am going to need a social security number to run a background check on you to clear you and then I will send the money. Ok? you understand right?" He had to go his pre-paid cell was out of minutes. He is calling me back.
by Rocky McElhaney January 20, 2017 at 12:12 PM
This is the second time I've been contacted. Last time the story was he was injured by the FedEx truck, but while working at Menards. I'm in Chicago. I won't be returning the call this time and wasting my time. He called this morning right before the office opened and got our auto-receptionist. It's funny that the first time I immediately picked up that it was a scam and then found this blog. "If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is." Stay away. Here's the message that was left by "Bones": Law Offices, P.C., You have a new message: name Bones--FedEx in Saint Louis home phone cell phone office phone (314) 298-4330 caller id (312) 235-1057 email address time Thu, Nov 12 @ 08:09 AM CT receptionist Nancy A activity Took Message remaining calls on current block 15 notes Bones called to speak with someone regarding a fedex vehicle case. He will go into details with you. Please call to discuss.
by Mike K November 12, 2015 at 10:04 AM
We got a call from "Carl Torrence" today from 985-519-3971 --the THIRD time he's tried scamming our firm and lost. He hung up on me three times after I dropped clues I was onto his little scam. I don't know if it's even worth a call to the FBI again. UPS van, $480K settlement. He didn't have a very good answer when I asked him why on earth he waited soooo long to call an attorney when the UPS settlement check was on its way that day. We didn't even get to discuss his poor mean old landlord.
by Brian July 14, 2015 at 07:26 PM
That name "Carl Torrence" comes up quite often. As does Columbus, MS. ;-)
by Steve Lombardi July 14, 2015 at 02:39 PM
We received a call in our Rutland, Vermont office on 7/14/15 from a Carl Torrence saying he was hit by an UPS truck in the Home Depot parking lot in Burlington, Vermont, He said he was from Columbus, Mississippi, but living in Vermont at the time of the accident, and listed his phone number as of 985-519-3971. He claimed that the accident happened in March 2015 and resulted in a significant head injury and paraplegia. He said that his landlord in MS was evicting him from his home unless he paid him $280 by the end of the day and that he was only 29 years old and didn't want to go in to a nursing home. Although he claimed to have a sister in the area, he said she has five children so he couldn't live with her. He said representatives from the Home Depot/insurance company were coming to his house today to take his recorded statement and have him sign a release in exchange for a $400,000+ settlement including payment of the $280 to his landlord. My colleague talked to the landlord, identified as "Mr. Rogers", who was unwilling to allow "Carl" to stay unless he received payment today, even though "Carl" claimed that he is expecting a retroactive SSDI check in September. The landlord also gave the same story about his wife having breast cancer and how he went through the eviction process and let "Carl" stay there an extra few days. Carl never actually asked us to front the rent money (and we never offered), but the landlord did ask if there was any other way we could think of getting him the money today. Carl then said that he was probably just going to sign the release, but would try his landlord again and get back to us later in the day. So far, we have not heard anything more from "Carl." Suspicious of a scam, we ran an internet search and discovered this website confirming our suspicions.
by Bob July 14, 2015 at 01:34 PM
Received this call on 7/2/15 from a Carl Torrence saying he was hit by an UPS truck while a pedestrian in the Lowe's parking lot in Santa Fe, New Mexico, He used 9/12/87 as his DOB, an address of 133 Maple Street, Columbus MS 39702 and a phone number of 985-519-3971. The phone shows up as LA (Louisiana). Same story about landlord's wife having breast cancer and Carl owes him $800 for 3 months rent and had went through the eviction process and let him stay there an extra 8 days, he was 27 years old and couldn't go to a nursing home. He wanted to meet at Ramada Inn in Columbus MS. Wanted to pick up advance at Columbus MS Walmart that night. He had a crushed spine and broke two bones in back, having surgery in April on his spine and was paralyzed from the waist down. Did talk to landlord who was an older gentlemen. He put off meeting because he was having his "bag" changed at the time of the meeting. Kept pushing back time and did not meet. He said his sister had all the stuff at her house in a mailbox and she lives in Houston, MS. He called back 7/6/15 and asked that paperwork be faxed to Office Depot in Columbus MS (fax #662-328-2778). That is correct number for them.
by Sandy July 9, 2015 at 04:01 PM
Calvin Williams called our office in York, Pa today. He said he was working at Lowe's in Philadelphia in Feb. when he was crushed by a FedEx truck and paralyzed from the waist down. He now lives in Columbus, MS. He is being evicted today by his landlord, Larry Rogers, for non-payment of 3 months rent ($350/mo or $1,050). FedEx people are coming to his house today to settle his case for $500,000 and he is signing because he can't get evicted. I asked to talk to the landlord. Calvin says call back in 5 minutes. He's using a "government" phone and is running out of minutes. I call back and Larry rogers gets on the phone. His wife has medicine he needs to buy and he can't wait for the rent so Calvin needs to settle, but if we wire the money down, then Calvin won't sign and we can represent him. Calvin says his WC was "cut off" 3 months ago because he didn't go to the "company doctor". He can't give me a name or number for WC adjuster. He tells me the Lowe's he worked at was on the "west side" of Philly. He can't give me an address but it's "off MLK Blvd". We called Lowe's in Philly to see if they knew about this accident and they didn't. Meanwhile, my partner googled for this scam and found your website so thank you! Then we knew for sure. Called Calvin back and said we wired $1100 to K-Mart in Columbus, MS just to see if we could make him waste a trip to K-Mart. He wanted a confirmation number which I said I didn't have. He called back again and we said we won't be calling you anymore Calvin and he immediately hung up.
by Tom June 23, 2015 at 01:08 PM
Scam today going around in Kansas and Missouri. Call from a Calvin Williams who was working for Lowes operating a forklift and was backed into by a fed ex truck. Landlord is Mr. Rogers. Number 225-828-9794. Same old story, slightly different facts. Reported to law enforcement. Everyone should circulate among their state's plaintiff's bar organizations or AAJ.
by MR June 16, 2015 at 04:23 PM
Just received a call today from a Calvin Williams who is a paraplegic after being pinned between a FedEx truck while working at Lowe's in Lincoln, Ne. Calvin needed money for his landlord ASAP, as he was getting evicted that day. Landlord also had a sobbing story. Calvin then told us to contact Robert Johnson at Sedgwick (who doesn't pick up). Told us to wire the money to him, which went from $300-900 quickly. After we asked for correspondence and medical bills and just any other evidence that this existed, Calvin claimed to be in Columbus, Mississippi and the paper work was in Houston, TX. The connection was bad and he definitely had the "Louisiana" accent. After stating that we needed this information before we proceeded and money would not be wired, Calvin then hung up. (The # that was given 225-532-8626)
by SBrauer June 5, 2015 at 05:53 PM
We received a call today in Oregon from Calvin in Mississippi.
by Joe Di Bartolomeo May 22, 2015 at 02:47 PM
Same thing happened to us today in Dutchess county NY. Calvin Thomas, landlord, asked for advance, phone that breaks up, etc... story included fed-ex truck and the most perfect set of facts imaginable.
by scott May 21, 2015 at 02:00 PM
They are back at it -- this time calling us in Arizona. Received a call today from "Troy Williams" claiming he was crushed at a Lowe's loading dock by a Fed Ex driver and left paralyzed. Landlord Robert Thomas needs $425 today to pay for medications for his wife's stage IV breast cancer. Fed Ex flying in today to settle claim for $537,000. I called our Industrial Commission to see workers' report of injury was filed .... No. Also, he couldn't give me the street name where the Lowe's was located, even though he claimed he worked there for four years. Said he was living in Columbus, Mississippi. Shameful these folks are trying to scam the very attorneys are willing to represent if they had a legitimate claim.
by Laura May 20, 2015 at 01:48 PM
This morning we had a "Calvin Thomas" call and ask to speak with one of our attorneys regarding an incident that left him a paraplegic. He said that he was pinned between the loading dock and a FedEx truck. He refused to speak with our paralegals, when one of our attorneys called him back they spoke briefly. After doing research we found this website and we called him back and he hung up on us. He called with a 225-276-5233 phone number and said he was from Mississippi and the incident occurred at the Lowes in Tacoma, Washington and he was being offered $650K.
by Ari Purdy January 23, 2015 at 12:46 PM
Calvin Thomas and Mr. Jackson (landlord) tried the same on us last night and this morning. Claiming $650k in settlement from FedEx even though employed by Loews and this would be a workers comp matter. Looking for cvs green dot card. Number used 901 267 9739 number for Sedgwick adjuster Robert Johnson. Using burner phone. Jackson landlord claimed his wife had stage 4 breast cancer. Good luck out there.
by Rodriguez January 11, 2015 at 11:02 AM
Received a call today from scam artists, Calvin Thomas and his landlord Mr. Jackson. They were trying to get me to give them $278 via GreenDot card at Walgreens. Number they were using is 225-276-5233. Mr. Jackson's wife has stage 4 lung cancer and he needed the meds today since Calvin owed him rent. Calvin said he was a paraplegic and that he got crushed by a FedEx truck while working at Lowes. I was very suspicious and asked my partner about it who was aware of the scam so they got zip. I practice near Syracuse, New York.
by Jan Smolak January 9, 2015 at 11:42 AM
Come on guys, its Christmas. Can't some of you find it in your hearts to fall for my story?
by Po Javantae December 17, 2014 at 04:43 PM
Here in Portland, OR we just got a call from "Troy Johnson" from 225-620-7812. Same MO. FedEx/Lowes. Colostomy Bag. Rushing to get the settlement so he can get the rent paid. This is the second time this guy has tried our firm in the last 6 months.
by Brian December 17, 2014 at 02:50 PM
Got a call from scammer today in Calif. Went by the name of Troy Johnson from 225-620-7812. Same facts with Lowes and Fed Ex. Turned it over to a attorney friend of mine that handles serious injury cases. He called him and after talking for a bit, the attorney tried to push him for more facts- date of accident, location, etc and they got disconnected? That was after Mr Johnson had the attorney talk to his "landlord" that wanted $245.00 by tomorrow so poor Mr. Johnson would not be evicted.
by Jeffrey Stearman December 15, 2014 at 09:10 PM
I'm a paralegal in Louisiana Law Firm and we received this call today. Used the Name Tory Johnson same facts as above only it was Lowe's not Walmart. An Attorney talked to him for about 30-40 min and said he thought it was a scam so i Googled the phone number and found this site.
by Joe December 10, 2014 at 02:54 PM
He called me today with this story in Louisiana. Exact same phone numbers, addresses, names, story, etc. Hopefully someone arrests this guys soon.
by MDS December 5, 2014 at 03:07 PM
same scam running through Mississippi now. Using Williams as the last name. Thanks for this post.
by Richard November 18, 2014 at 04:35 PM
Forgot to mention this little twist. He needed $452 to give to the landlord (who was about to evict him) to buy medication for his wife. When I pointed out that he hadn't even signed a Retainer with me, he said once he got the money that his landlord would drive him to a FedEx office to sign and fax the retainer papers.
by Michael Weinreb September 19, 2014 at 05:20 PM
We just got a call with the same scenario. But a workers' comp attorney I frequently refer cases to had referred him to call my office. Same adjuster name, but claimed his name was William Roberts. Same story but this time around it happened in Bakersfield. He sent a copy of the release which ridiculous. He inserted facts of the accident that FedEx failed to put bars down to stabilize truck. Luckily my employees mentioned that GreenDot cards are frequently used to scams and Po Javontae has been probably been evicted to the nursing home since I didn't fall for his scam.
by Michael Weinreb September 19, 2014 at 05:17 PM
Received a call today here in Alabama from Randy Weeks. That Larry Jackson is a tough landlord. The release he sent was from Napoleonville, Assumption County, Alabama. Not familiar with that place.
by MR September 2, 2014 at 04:48 PM
Just received a call with this exact scam in California. The names, amounts of money and all other details nearly identical.
by Wes Wakeford August 11, 2014 at 04:55 PM
Still using same scam and same names and same state. I first got suspicious when Devonte said he had to "run" three doors down to get his landlord (Larry Jackson), but Devonte had said he was paralyzed from the waist down.
by Joel Baruch July 17, 2014 at 04:23 PM
Thanks for the post. Same scam tried today in N.Y. Still using same names, addresses and amount owed in rent.
by Thomas Gallivan July 8, 2014 at 01:06 PM
Just received a phone call from "Devante Gowdy" in Memphis. He gave me his sad story about the Wal Mart truck and the Fed Ex loading dock. I asked if I could call him back after verifying some things. Tried calling the "adjuster", Robert Johnson, and red flags went up everywhere. Then, amazingly, ran across this website. So . . . I called Mr. Gowdy back and had some fun. He hung up on me. The telephone number he called me from is 601.260.2807.
by Andy Tisdale July 7, 2014 at 11:35 AM
Just got the same call today. Thanks for the post!
by Green June 25, 2014 at 02:38 PM
David: Thank you for keeping us up to date. Tyrone of course is Javontae's brother who drives him over to sign the settlement documents. Did you ever get to speak with Mr. Jackson, the landlord? To date Javontae has alleged being injured while working in Iowa, Washington, California, New York, Texas, Minn., Louisiana, Vermont, Mass., Oklahoma, Connecticut, Maryland, West Virginia, Ohio and New Jersey. He has been quiet for awhile - since about March 4, 2014. Perhaps he needs some money to pay his income taxes. Sorry I couldn't help myself. Happy we could help and good luck with your practice.
by Steve Lombardi April 26, 2014 at 07:36 AM
Yesterday I received a call from Tyrone. Exact same facts. He's moving on to New Jersey. He asked for $750 in Walgreen cards to pay the landlord.
by David Lande April 26, 2014 at 07:28 AM
We received a call in Texas minutes ago. Thank you for your posting.
by Dugas February 21, 2014 at 02:05 PM
Just got a call from mr holloway. Did you follow up with the FBI
by Kupferberg January 18, 2014 at 10:11 AM
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