By Dan Gesslein
BRONX, NEW YORK, SEPTEMBER 13- A scammer took advantage of people looking for a job and now cops are asking for the public’s help to catch him. Some 11 people have come forward saying they were duped by the elaborate scam.
The con man posed as an employment agency creating a believable scam by running newspaper ads and appearing to rent out office space. Those seeking work would respond to the classified ad that ran in a local Spanish language newspaper seeking individuals for cleaning positions. The victims would go to the office at 1941 Southern Boulevard where a man, using the alias John Rosa, would tell the candidate they had the job if they paid him to hold the position. In other cases Rosa would tell the candidates that they needed to pay him so he could purchase a uniform for them for the job.
When the would be worker showed up at the job site he would be informed that no job existed. Rosa has since disappeared and his “office” is vacant. However, the scammer did not get away clean. Cops have obtained a photo of the scammer at the site. Now investigators are asking anyone who recognizes the suspect to come forward.
Anyone with information should call CRIMESTOPPERS at (800) 577-TIPS.
The public can also submit their tips by logging onto Crime Stoppers' website at www.nypdcrimestoppers.com or by texting their tips to CRIMES (274637), then enter TIP577.
All calls are strictly confidential.