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Police seek scammer who sold fake Little League raffle tickets

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Robert Yontz (Source: Laurens PD) Robert Yontz (Source: Laurens PD)
Victim of scam shares photo of fake raffle ticket (Source: iWitness) Victim of scam shares photo of fake raffle ticket (Source: iWitness)
LAURENS, SC (FOX Carolina) -

A new scam is in the Upstate.

Robert Yontz is now accused of selling fake Little League raffle tickets and pocketing the cash.

Both Laurens and Simpsonville Police Departments have heard complaints of the fraud.

Greenville Little League said they have received a few calls from folks who realized the tickets were fake. They said to be on high alert if any other tickets start circulating around the Upstate.

There have been several warnings about the scammer making their way around social media.

Laurens Police, the Greenville Little League and people who said they've been personally approached by this man are all warning the public not to buy an of his raffle tickets.

Police said it may be something new here in the Upstate, but don't be fooled - it's a quick way for someone to run off with your cash.

"SCAM ALERT" - It's in bold at the top of the Greenville Little League website. A warning to avoid certain raffle tickets.

"We were notified by one of the victims that the tickets were being sold at the BMW down in Laurens County."

Greenville Little League President Kyle Dewitt said he was shocked to learn of the new scam, noting that the league holds all of its fundraisers in February and March.

"Little League is a non-profit organization," Dewitt said. "We don't have Harley Davidsons or big screen TVs to give away. So those are the initial signs that this raffle was a scam." 

Simpsonville Police said they had at least one complaint of the fraudulent tickets a month ago, but the drawing date on the ticket was June 24, 2017.

"If we do get any additional communication from people who bought the tickets looking for whether or not they won, we just need to make sure those folks know it is not a legitimate Little League fundraiser," Dewitt said. "We collected no funds from this."

Soon after the drawing was supposed to happen, the man posted his warning on Facebook about the suspect approaching his family trying to sell Little League tickets for the league his kids play in.

The witness said the suspect then told him he was very sorry and embarrassed because his wife asked him not to approach anybody while they were having ice cream.

The Little League said the timing of this scam should be a tip off, however.

"They just picked a poor time to do it because our league was already finished playing their games by the time he decided to sell these tickets," Dewitt said.

After receiving a few calls, Dewitt said the public needs to have a watchful eye in case more fundraising scams pop up.

"Just having a logo and a website address doesn't mean it's sufficient to make that fundraiser as legitimate," Dewitt said. "And they should do what this lady from the BMW and contact the organization to confirm it before giving anybody any money." 

Robert Yontz is wanted by Laurens Police on 7 counts of forgery and one count of falsely representing military service for gain.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call Laurens County Crime Stoppers.

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