( MERCER COUNTY ) - A suspected scammer has been arrested for an alleged fraudulent scheme targeting a tattoo shop in Princeton.
The scammer is using social media to fish for victims, basically offering discounted, prepaid tattoos. The owner of Wolfman Tattoos in Princeton reported the crime to law enforcement and has a warning for potential victims.
"If you get a message from Candas Renee Nelson or a Cee Cee Gabriella, which is the same page, different names, or anybody pretending to be an artist, that is allegedly representing Wolfman Tattoos, do not fall for it. Do not buy a gift certificate, do not prepay for your tattoo," Owner, of Wolfman Tattoo, Matt Friedman said.
Friedman is clearly fed up and says his business was hit hard by this scam selling bogus gift certificates to his shop.
"This person, Candas Renee Nelson is randomly contacting people on Facebook offering $300 gift certificates for $150 and $175. These are not accurate. Do not fall for the scam. If you have fallen for the scam, please, please contact us as soon as you can," Friedman said.
Friedman says the scammer has actually been arrested for fraud twice. We obtained copies of the criminal complaints naming Candas Renee Nelson, but Friedman says Nelson's first arrest didn't put a stop to her scheme. One artist at Wolfman says potential victims have reached out to him online.
"If she messages you, don't fall for it. I've had people personally message me asking is 'this a thing?' and I'm like no, do not message her back," Tattoo Artist, Remington Trent Radford said.
Friedman says his policy does allows customers put a $20 deposit down through the Facebook page for his business or through the Wolfman Cash App. Customers only pay in full after service is rendered. The Princeton Police report says Nelson's scheme has stolen nearly $3,000 from her victims.
"If's affecting the business because we have customers coming in thinking they have appointments, and we know nothing about it. We're doing everything we can to make sure the customers aren't out of their money and that they are being taken care, but it's gotten to the point there's only so much tattooing we can do," Friedman said.
Nelson, was arrested a second time this week for obtaining money under false pretenses, and fraudulent schemes. Friedman says if you have been a victim of Nelson's scam, you should contact the Princeton Police Department, and ask for Patrolman Leftwich: 304-487-5000.