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“He really will dupe people:” Scammer dubbed the ‘well-dressed’ panhandler is at it again

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MILWAUKEE -- Getting caught doesn't seem to stop him. A Milwaukee man, who police say they are familiar with, seems to be at it again -- allegedly scamming people. He's become known as the 'well-dressed' panhandler.

Home Depot

Home Depot

Police in Shorewood say the man started his scam near the Home Depot at Port Washington and Capitol, and ended up at a bank in Shorewood.

"He comes up and says, 'can you help me?' And he looks in genuine distress," a victim said.

Buying a grill turned into drama when someone asked a customer, who did not want to be identified, for help. The stranger said he was a Kenosha news reporter and his car broke down.

"Surprise, surprise he was in Milwaukee covering two topics, covering segregation and the ongoing crime in Milwaukee," the victim said.

Police say Felton Shands is responsible for some of the ongoing crime -- he's a guy police have cited time and time again from the same ruse.

Felton Shands

Felton Shands

Shorewood police and Milwaukee police say they are aware of the possible return of Shands.

In May 2015, FOX6 News reported Shands was arrested after numerous complaints of scamming innocent citizens out of money with the same story. A website is devoted to stories from victims and warnings.

Felton Shands

Felton Shands

Shands has been cited for panhandling many times in the past. Now, he might be at it again.

Felton Shands

Felton Shands

"The fact that he was so genuine, so well dressed, so well spoken, he really will dupe people and that's sad," the victim said.

Once the victim drives Shands to an ATM, Shands gets more distressed. Unable to withdraw the money, the Good Samaritan often lends it to him. And Shands, the fake reporter, is never seen again, taking more than money -- taking people's trust.

"I will help someone who's in genuine distress. I won't turn a blind eye. Some people think I'm naive, but I'm a bit skeptical now," the victim said.

Milwaukee and Shorewood police say they are aware of Shands and his alleged scam -- and they advise people to be careful giving anyone money.


    • selfentitled

      Why would you expect them to get a job? There’s that thing called “white privilege” standing in the way. At least thats the north side excuse anyway.

  • KUSD

    sure am glad I am white, boy that degree was just handed to me. I didnt have to work two jobs to pay for college, just cause I am white I got a free degree and a job!!!

    Oh thats right, because I am white and lived with my two parents when I was 18 I couldnt get financial aide… So I guess since I am white and could NOT get help from the government to pay for school I am privileged…. Sure I am….

    Fact: Books are judged by there cover, clean up the cover and the “words” you may find it easier to get selected.

    Look trashy and talk like an idiot (not proper or even close to) your not going to get hired. These are things normal people understand…… Not just the “White” people, I guess the Mexicans are privileged, I sure see a lot of them in the work force….

    • Please.....

      – Black history month, when is white history month?
      – BET? I can not find WET listed in the TV Guide?
      – AA Prez? What happened here? 8 years in office?
      – Minority clubs? What the hell, white guys started a club too and people flip out about the sheets they wear…
      – Ebony Mag? What is that all about? I will look for Ivory next time I am at the news stand.
      – Ebonics, ah you can keep it.
      – African American Fest! Ah… a bunch of white people getting together is a racist group, right?
      – And so on…..

  • Hmmmmm

    How Black is Black America

    The Black/African American population is one of the most unique groups in the United States. Almost all descendants of American slaves are mixed with some European and Native American blood. Population researchers at Penn State University studied DNA samples from groups of African Americans throughout the US, West Africa, and Europe, to answer the question; How African are African Americans?

    Black DNA by CityWhat they discovered contradicts some of the previous studies on the subject where it was thought that Blacks were about 30% white. They conclude that the average Black American is 17-18% white. But this is an average and it depends on the location. When geography is factored in we find that there is a wide range of mixed blood. The most African are those of the Gullah Sea Islands off the coast of South Carolina and Georgia. This is also a logical conclusion based on the history of these Islands. Africans who were imported here were rice farmers who as slaves outnumbered whites by the thousands. Because of their large numbers and the absence of whites they were able to keep some of their African culture. This accounts for their “Caribbean” sounding accents and more prevalent West African features. The study concludes the Gullah are only 3-4% white. On the mainland in the South Carolina “Low Country” and near Charleston the percentages move up to about 12% which is still lower than average.

    On the other end of the same spectrum Southern Louisiana (New Orleans) And cities on the West coast had some of the highest averages of white DNA at 23-26%. This is also not a surprise, knowing the history of these regions. Southern Louisiana was once settled by the French and Spanish. There are a large numbers of Blacks here who are more than 50% white. Many of whom would not be recognized as Black by most Americans. Migrants from this area moved in large numbers to the west coast rather than the industrialized north during the two great migrations. Here they mixed even more giving us the percentages at the higher end.

    It was also discovered that 10% of Black Americans are more than 50% white. And according to the same study there are 50 million whites with at least one Black ancestor. That means about 70% of whites have no Black ancestor. In comparison, Mexican Americans in New Mexico and Colorado where 3% Black and 58% white on average.

    *Department of Anthropology – College of the Liberal Arts – Penn State University 1997-2002


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