Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Did your parents tell you "if it seems too good to be true, then it probably is?" My parents told me, but sometimes we go for it anyway. This is the case with most of us who became involved with Sammy Jackson. I must say though, the guy is a good con. He's not nervous, and he is confident, and has the right amount of Southern charm. He comes off as a "good ol' boy" & seems very grandfatherly, who wouldn't trust him.
Chances are when you meet Sammy, who I believe is about 64, he drives up in (his girlfriends) shiny silver BMW, he shakes hands and sells you on whatever he's selling that day. In the last few years he has been selling houses, unfortunately, he doesn't own them! He tells you a tale about being a house mover, and how he has either a house that needs to be moved off property someone bought for another use- or it will be destroyed. Don't worry, Sammy owns a house moving business, he can move the house for you, and "you would never know it wasn't there the whole time! You can plant some flowers the next day." Ahhh sunshine & rainbows. What you don't know is that Sammy has "sold" this house to others as well. He usually takes a deposit, anywhere from about 5-15k, then he pushes you to pay for the relocation of the house ($7,500). Once you paid you now get to wait while Sammy does nothing. He answers the phone sometimes, sometimes not. Now you say you want your money back, Sammy accuses you of backing out of the deal & says you forfeited your $. He claims to have a lawyer (the last time he actually spoke to him was in 2010) & says he will see you in Court.
Sammy also runs other scams, he says he fixes foundations, replaces roofs, moves houses etc. These are the really sad stories, in a few cases he hired a crew who cut off the top of a house & never put the roof back on! Another time he "moved" a house and it fell off the truck, another time it got stuck on a railroad track, yet another hit a bridge. Don't worry, he has insurance right? Sorry folks, he always leaves the "original value" or the home blank on the insurance form, now your claim will be rejected. There are people out 10s of thousands, one poor woman is out 100k trying to fix her home after he destroyed it.
Check him out, he doesn't have licensed to move homes or his general contractors license. He is bankrupt & I believe hasn't paid taxes in 4 years. He takes his scam money & puts it in his girlfriends and or daughters name so that you can't sue him for it.
So if you come across Sammy- call the police. Here's a story of him being interviewed on channel 11 news : http://abclocal.go.com/wtvd/html5/video?id=9084050&pid=null§ion=nullhttp://abclocal.go.com/wtvd/html5/video?id=9084050&pid=null§ion=null