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"Locksmith scammer" still working the streets

May 27th, 2011 · 1 Comment

This post is from our partner site My Green Lake. We last wrote about the “locksmith scammer” in January.

The “locksmith scammer,” whom we have reported on twice before, continues to knock on Green Lake doors.

The man known as the “locksmith scammer” is described as being between 5’6″ and 6′ tall, of slight build, African American, and balding.

The man typically claims to be a janitor working at a nearby school and he sometimes says that his partner works at Microsoft. He’s new to the neighborhood, he says, and is locked out of his house. However, he claims, he is a few dollars short of the money he needs to pay a locksmith.

Since our last two stories on this topic ran late last year, several Green Lake residents have contacted us to report that a man meeting the description of the locksmith scammer has asked them for money.

In the last two months alone, we have received tips about this scam from five different Green Lake households, and on April 4, Roosiehood reported on the locksmith scammer’s appearance in Roosevelt.

Most recently, a tip came in on Monday night (May 22, 2011). According to the west Green Lake resident who wrote to us, there is a new twist to the familiar story: the locksmith scammer is now claiming to work at the Green Lake Community Center.

Update, 8:30 p.m., WednesdayKailea Ball, who manages an apartment building just west of Green Lake, reports that the locksmith scammer recently knocked on the door of one of her tenants. “I guess he got REALLY pushy until he realized her [boyfriend] was there,” Kailea tweeted earlier this evening. “Wouldn’t leave. Kept asking to come in, saying ‘Let me in. I’m gay – I’m not going to hurt you.’ When they gave him $ he demanded more.”

Update, 11:50 a.m., Thursday – Similar stories have been reported in Laurelhurst, Maple Leaf and Ballard.