Milwaukee Sheriff: Scammer posed as Southwest Airlines agent, stole hundreds from citizens

Posted at 4:32 PM, Sep 22, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-22 19:17:06-04

A 30-year-old Milwaukee man was arrested for allegedly scamming people looking for work out of hundreds of dollars. 

According to a news release from the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Department, the man apparently posed as a Southwest Airlines hiring agent and used social media to attract victims. He would meet them at the airport where he told them to fill out an application. 

When the victims completed the phony application, he would tell them to pay $220 as a deposit for equipment, and never contact the person again. 

Sheriff deputies arrested the man at his house Thursday. He confessed to scamming three victims over four weeks. 

So far three other victims have been identified. If you have been a victim of this scam, or know someone who has, please call the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office at (414) 278-4788 or (414) 278-4779.

We are not naming the man at this time because he has not yet been formally charged.