A sweet-talking candy scammer has been introducing herself as a "celebrity" assistant.
The scammer shouldn't be hard to spot: She's missing her front teeth and loves lollipops.
Two businesses near McCarran International Airport have taken recent telephone orders from a female caller who wanted to purchase large gift baskets for the celebrity she represented.
A confection shop on South Eastern Avenue got scammed for a $675 order by someone claiming to be boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s personal assistant. The caller said the chocolate-laden gift basket was for a birthday party for Mayweather's girlfriend.
When the plus-sized, dentally challenged woman arrived to pick up the order, her credit card charge went through OK but later was found to be invalid, said the store owner, who asked not to be identified.
A week later, the Cookie Zoo on East Sunset Road received an order from a woman who said she was putting together a birthday party for Oscar winner Halle Berry's daughter.
She was convincing until the end, said Whitey Whiteman, Cookie Zoo owner.
"She wanted 50 cookies individually wrapped, each with a $20 bill tied to the bag," Whiteman recalled.
When Whiteman matter-of-factly said, "Fine, just bring 'em (the $20 bills) with you when you pick 'em up," the phone went dead.
The scammer got away with 20 pounds of candy from the South Eastern Avenue store, mostly boxes of mixed chocolates, dipped marshmallows and custom lollipops. The woman didnt want ordinary lollipops: She wanted them to stick out.
"She asked us to add Louis Vuitton and Chanel logos on the lollipops," the store owner said.
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