Breast Exam Scam

Status: News
76-year-old William Winikoff of Coconut Creek, Florida has been charged with lewd and lascivious conduct for posing as a doctor and offering women free breast exams. Remarkably, he duped at least two women with this scam:

Carrying a black “doctor’s” bag, investigators claim Winnikoff walked up to a apartment building and told a 36-year-old woman, that he was in the neighborhood offering free breast exams. According to police, the woman let Winikoff into her apartment and the phony doctor began the exam, touching first her breasts, and then, her genitals. The woman quickly realized that Winikoff was not a real doctor and she called 911, but the fake doctor had already left her apartment to find another victim; a 33 year old woman who lives in the same apartment complex.

The Smoking Gun has some more details about this case.

It may sound like a stupid scam, but variations of it seem to happen more often than you would think. And the perpetrators always manage to find women who will fall for it. For instance, in October 2002 Zachariah Scott, a Toronto hospital employee, was charged with telling women in the obstetrics ward of Mount Sinai Hospital that he was a 'lactation consultant,' and then examining their breasts. No one realized anything was amiss until one of the women asked a nurse if she could see him again. She was told that the hospital only had female technicians.

Even weirder was the case, reported by Portuguese newspapers in 2002, of a woman who phoned other women and told them about a revolutionary new technology that allowed breast examinations to be conducted by satellite. All they had to do, she told them, was stand topless in an open window and a passing satellite would conduct a mammogram. Every woman who was contacted complied with the strange instructions. One woman even stripped entirely naked. The phone would then ring again, but instead of getting their mammogram results, the phony doctor would describe her sexual fantasies to the women in graphic detail.

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Posted on Wed Apr 19, 2006


This is what happens when natural selection is restrained to the degree that it is.
Posted by Lonewatchman  on  Wed Apr 19, 2006  at  10:10 PM
Alex, you forgot to mention the nice door to door tattoo 'salesman' of Springfield, Missouri who actually was able to convince a few VERY STUPID women into letting him tattoo them. Needless to say, those whom he tattooed came down with some very serious medical problems...
Posted by Christopher in Joplin, Missouri  on  Thu Apr 20, 2006  at  05:36 AM
Good call. Just looked up the door-to-door tattoo salesman. Here's the link.

I cannot believe people were stupid enough to get a tattoo from a salesman who was using a homemade tattoo gun. They even recognized it as being homemade. Just when I think people couldn't get any dumber...
Posted by AqueousBoy  on  Thu Apr 20, 2006  at  07:01 AM
I'm going to start going door to door as a chocolate tester. There have been some contaminated chocolate sales over Easter...and I'm immune to the poison...but I can DEFFINATELY taste it.

Please show me all of your chocolate.

I bet this could also work with money. I need to see your money...there have been some conterfeiters in the area. :lol:
Posted by Maegan  on  Thu Apr 20, 2006  at  10:15 AM
According to the book "What Cops Know," this happened in the Chicago area (date not given). Supposedly the guy conducted full physicals, including breast and pelvic examinations.

Very disturbing book.
Posted by Mark  on  Thu Apr 20, 2006  at  11:49 AM
About 10 years ago, I read that some (male) military recruiters had been reprimanded because they were ordering female recruits to disrobe, ostensibly so the recruiters could test their "body fat index."
The Armed Forces had to put out a press release telling potential recruits they weren't really required to take off all their clothes at the recruitment interview.
Posted by Big Gary in Uncertain, Texas  on  Thu Apr 20, 2006  at  04:35 PM
Be careful about what you read...

I followed the link to and both read the article and watched the video.

All the written reports I have found state "two women", leaving out one important detail - the women where Haitian immigrants.

Lonewatchman made a comment about natural selection, thus implying that these women are too stupid to survive without modern-day society. After reading the article, that was my gut reaction. However, I followed the links. I believe that this is more likely a case of two women from a culture that functions similarly yet differently than our own.

The fact that the boyfriend of one woman knew breast exams were important but failed to recognize that there are no door-to-door doctors in the US shows a poor understanding of how US culture works.

Note: I am only talking about the two women in Florida. This man may have had other victims where this argument doesn't apply... and there may be scams similar to this in other regions of the country where this argument doesn't apply. So, overall, I'm trying to advise two things - first, don't be too quick to judge someone (or some situation); and second, always indulge the skeptic inside of you.
Posted by Verbosity  on  Thu Apr 20, 2006  at  07:49 PM
Okay let me apply that to the tattoo women instead.
Posted by Lonewatchman  on  Thu Apr 20, 2006  at  09:42 PM
Verbosity has a good point.
There are many countries where public-health workers go door to door performing health screenings, giving shots, giving health advice, etc.
The fact that that rarely happens here might not be well-known to immigrants.

Now excuse me, it's time to take my clothes off and stand by the front window for my satellite prostate exam.
Posted by Big Gary in Uncertain, Texas  on  Fri Apr 21, 2006  at  12:25 PM
Don't forget to cough, Big Gary.
Posted by Charybdis  on  Fri Apr 21, 2006  at  03:06 PM
Another instance of a similar scam occurred in Munich, about two or three years ago. Two young men in a van drove around, asking women to step into the van for an x-ray investigation. They claimed to be doing checks for SARS outbreaks. The women were then asked to stand in front of an aluminium plate and undress. The x-ray gun, looking, sounding and flashing remarkably like a camera, then took shots of their chests...
Posted by Robert  on  Sun Apr 23, 2006  at  10:28 AM
This "breast examination" scam has been going on for longer than many people think. In 1975 (when I was a freshman in college), I remember reading a Wall Street Journal news story about a man who was arrested for the same scam. The wierd part: I believe it was the EIGHTH woman who he gave the exam to who reported him as she thought that, after the fact, it was suspicious. The first SEVEN woman who he gave the exam to did not find it suspicious at all until they were told by the police that the examiner was not a doctor sent out by the American Cancer Society. Talk about being stupid.....
Posted by Arthur Werner  on  Sun Apr 23, 2006  at  01:11 PM
Those German dudes went to an awful lot of trouble, considering that you can see topless, and sometimes totally nude, women on just about any beach, and some city parks, all over Germany, including Munich.
Posted by Big Gary in Uncertain, Texas  on  Mon Apr 24, 2006  at  04:39 PM
There was a spate, in the uk a few years ago involving bogus social workers. I first became aware of these incidents due to paranoid parents but little information is available. I have just put it down to one of those things, like mass histeria or weather baloons!
Posted by Pat  on  Tue Apr 25, 2006  at  12:19 PM
I can't belive that. That happened to my friend. This guy came up to her door and told her that she was going to die very soon if she didn't get this body exam. She let him in and he touched/rubbed/fingered/feeled/licked her gentials and her breast. Luckaly he was caught the next day.
Posted by Jess  on  Mon Aug 13, 2007  at  01:45 PM
all of this is done by sick perverted bastards that can't just go to a website and get a hook up
Posted by hell boy strick  on  Thu May 20, 2010  at  04:38 PM
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