Providence School Warns Of Child Scammer

A middle school student is going door to door in Providence with a sob story about a family member with terrible health problems. The whole thing is made up, and now police and school officials are trying to get to the bottom of it.

Somehow or another, for at least the past two days, a kid has been telling lies about leukemia. He's trying to trick sympathetic people out of their money, and now Providence police are involved.

A notice was sent to parents in the College Hill neighborhood, warning them about some kid posing as a Nathan Bishop Middle School student. He's knocking on doors, begging for cash, saying something about his little brother dying of leukemia.

“He gave me a piece of paper that was folded up and fairly worn that had a typed out scenario with a picture of another child, stating that child had leukemia,” said one neighbor who didn't want to give her name.

The young scam artist, who said his name was Dante Johnson stopped at the woman's house Tuesday afternoon. She said she felt sorry for him.      

“I don't know what would be worse, whether the kid was put up to it by somebody else or if he came up with it on his own,” said the neighbor.

At this point, it's not clear how many people actually gave this kid money, but we know some didn't fall for it and  warned Nathan Bishop's Principal.    

That's when a notice went out. Theresa fox, is a teacher at the school.

“I was surprised at first because I hadn't heard anything about it,” said Fox, “And I teach in the school and I live in the neighborhood, so I thought it was a little strange that I didn't know about it, and I think it's a little sad. I guess people will try anything.”

School leaders said they knew it was a hoax when they ran the name Dante Johnson and found out no one by that name goes to Nathan Bishop Middle.