A warning about a door-to-door salesman making a phony pitch in Omaha about soccer.
A phony soccer player claiming to be raising money put one past Blaine Pearson. “I just want to give you a chance to donate so I can travel to Ireland to play soccer with Creighton to a tournament over there.”
Blaine gave the young man a $60 check and got a magazine receipt in return along with a promise of a return visit. “He said I can make these wheels sparkle is what he said.” But the man, who wasn't wearing any Creighton logos, never came back.
The goal for a Creighton official is to let everyone know the soccer team isn't taking a trip to Ireland and having players sell magazines door-to-door is not the way the university raises money for its athletic trips.
“Be extremely skeptical and don't believe them, it’s that simple,” said Creighton University Associate Athletic Director Kevin Sarver. “Most of our fans know how we operate, but there are some who are unaware.”
The man claiming to be a Creighton soccer player wrote the name Robby Barnes and a phone number on the fundraising receipt. “I've never heard of that player and I don't know where area code 903 is either,” said Sarver.
It’s central Texas, a long way to come for a door-to-door scheme. “I always take people for their word and it makes you upset a young person would do that,” said Rene Pearson. The Pearsons made a late save by canceling their check before it was cashed.
The door-to-door pitchman also said part of his sales would go to the troops in Afghanistan. Messages left on voice-mail by Fact Finders haven't been returned, but we found the number he gave is listed under a different name than the one he’s using.