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Two reports of scammers in the neighborhood

February 9th, 2015 by Mike

Two different readers emailed to alert the neighborhood to possible scams this weekend.

Late this morning Steve wrote:

A fellow calling himself “Larry Anderson” called late Saturday afternoon to say that the utility bill for our son’s restaurant was overdue and our power would be shut off.

He said go to the drug store to buy a PaymentPak and call him back with the 10-digit number. “Larry” is probably in Belize or Florida….there is no such person working for the power company. I DID NOT buy a PaymentPak I DID NOT PAY HIM $400! I did call the FBI and I did contact the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).

The key is that utility companies do not ask for money order or paymentpak payments, especially on weekends when all the staff has gone home.

The Federal Trade Commission has a blog page about this.

And on Saturday Kristin wrote:

I wanted to put the word out that a man came to my door this evening (Eighth Avenue Northeast and Northeast 94th Street) asking “where we wanted him to deliver our free newspaper”. He said “they were offering free newspapers to people”.

I told him we didn’t take the paper and didn’t want it. He left without trying to come into my home, but immediately got into a truck and drove away instead of continuing on to another house as he should have done if he was in fact selling the newspaper.

This incident was very similar (not the same man) to an incident that occurred last summer at the same time of day/same day of the week (Saturday).

I reported the incident to 911 and she said they would send a car to do a drive-by.    Just wanted neighbors to be aware.

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"Scary solicitor" reported in Maple Leaf

March 30th, 2014 by Mike

Katie writes: “I wanted to let the neighborhood know that I had a really scary solicitor today (Saturday).  She lives at Northeast 92nd Street and Eighth Avenue Northeast.

I live in Maple Leaf and around 6:30 p.m. a tall black man in a Seahawks hat, blue coat and khaki’s knocked on my door. I didn’t answer.

I cracked my blinds and politely Pagessaid ” I’m not interested.” He went on to say that he wasn’t selling anything, more that I needed to “vote” for him for something.

I said that I was busy, and to please leave. He said NO and was really aggressive. I said that I was going to call the police if he didn’t leave. He screamed in my window ” I don’t give a F**K!”.

I called 911, who said they would go and find him.

Honestly, it was terrifying.

Please keep an eye out for him.

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“Scary solicitor” reported in Maple Leaf

March 30th, 2014 by Mike

Katie writes: “I wanted to let the neighborhood know that I had a really scary solicitor today (Saturday).  She lives at Northeast 92nd Street and Eighth Avenue Northeast.

I live in Maple Leaf and around 6:30 p.m. a tall black man in a Seahawks hat, blue coat and khaki’s knocked on my door. I didn’t answer.

I cracked my blinds and politely Pagessaid ” I’m not interested.” He went on to say that he wasn’t selling anything, more that I needed to “vote” for him for something.

I said that I was busy, and to please leave. He said NO and was really aggressive. I said that I was going to call the police if he didn’t leave. He screamed in my window ” I don’t give a F**K!”.

I called 911, who said they would go and find him.

Honestly, it was terrifying.

Please keep an eye out for him.

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Scammer reported on Roosevelt this morning

August 23rd, 2013 by Mike

Pam emails: “Had someone knocking on our door early this morning with a familiar scam.

‘I locked my keys in the car, can you give me money to pay a locksmith etc.’

“Might be good to warn folks.”

This occurred in the 7500 block of Roosevelt Way Northeast.

More advice can be found in this post from last year.

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More reports of teens going house to house. Suspicious?

July 9th, 2013 by Mike

In the five days since we posted “Suspicious teenage boys” reported in Maple Leaf today, a number of folks have commented on the issue. More recently, two neighbors have reported new spottings.

Steve sent us the photo at right, from a surveillance camera at his house this morning.

“Saw two teenage boys taking pictures of houses on Northeast 88th Street around 17th Avenue Northeast where we live this morning at 9:30. Called it in, and neighbor saw the police talking to them. Claimed they were interns from Zillow.”

And on Monday Victoria commented: “Saw two teenage boys taking photos on each house on 95th between 12th and 15th.”

Anyone have more information on this?

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"Suspicious teenage boys" reported in Maple Leaf today

July 5th, 2013 by Mike

In an email this afternoon Carrie reported seeing two teen boys going door-to-door in Maple Leaf , allegedly seeking a futon seller from craigslist.

“I went onto Maple Leaf Life to see if anything about this has been reported yet but don’t see anything there. You may want to share it with others in the neighborhood.”

From time to time – and particularly in good weather – we get various types of solicitors. There’s advice on how to hand them in this post from May 2012.

Here’s Carrie’s report from late this afternoon:

I live on Northeast 95th Street between 15th and 17th avenues northeast. There were two suspicious teenage boys on my street today knocking on doors under the premise that they were looking for someone selling a futon chair on Craigslist.

One came to my door, then together they went to two of my neighbors’ houses across the street, then the second one came to my door (I did not open it and told him to go away) and then they continued down the street going to more houses.

Shortly afterwards I saw a police cruiser two doors up but by the time I went outside it was gone and I do not know if the police were there due to a call from a neighbor about the teens or for some other reason.

The unfortunate thing is that shortly after the police cruiser left I saw the two boys headed west on 95th  between 15th towards 12th. I am very suspicious they were looking for homes whose occupants are out of town for the long weekend. One boy had brown hair and was wearing a red hoodie and the other had blonde hair and was wearing a dark blue short-sleeved t-shirt.

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“Suspicious teenage boys” reported in Maple Leaf today

July 5th, 2013 by Mike

In an email this afternoon Carrie reported seeing two teen boys going door-to-door in Maple Leaf , allegedly seeking a futon seller from craigslist.

“I went onto Maple Leaf Life to see if anything about this has been reported yet but don’t see anything there. You may want to share it with others in the neighborhood.”

From time to time – and particularly in good weather – we get various types of solicitors. There’s advice on how to hand them in this post from May 2012.

Here’s Carrie’s report from late this afternoon:

I live on Northeast 95th Street between 15th and 17th avenues northeast. There were two suspicious teenage boys on my street today knocking on doors under the premise that they were looking for someone selling a futon chair on Craigslist.

One came to my door, then together they went to two of my neighbors’ houses across the street, then the second one came to my door (I did not open it and told him to go away) and then they continued down the street going to more houses.

Shortly afterwards I saw a police cruiser two doors up but by the time I went outside it was gone and I do not know if the police were there due to a call from a neighbor about the teens or for some other reason.

The unfortunate thing is that shortly after the police cruiser left I saw the two boys headed west on 95th  between 15th towards 12th. I am very suspicious they were looking for homes whose occupants are out of town for the long weekend. One boy had brown hair and was wearing a red hoodie and the other had blonde hair and was wearing a dark blue short-sleeved t-shirt.

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More "door-to-door" caution in Maple Leaf

May 17th, 2012 by Mike

Periodically we get reports of questionable activities by solicitors going door to door in the neighborhood.

This email came this morning from Sarah:

Two days ago a young woman came to my door selling magazine subscriptions. She was well-spoken and had what looked like “official documents” from a company called PS Circulation. We chatted for a bit, and then she left.

The next day when I was not home, she came by again and asked if she could use our bathroom, telling my husband that she was a friend of mine from work. The whole encounter felt a bit strange, and I suspect that she was scoping our home for a potential burglary. So, heads up Maple Leaf!

Terrie Johnston, Seattle Police crime prevention coordinator for the North Precinct, recently sent out advice for such situations.

Seattle Police officers respond to calls from citizens concerned about door-to-door salespeople. The results have ranged from the officers checking identification and sending the seller to the City of Seattle Revenue & Consumer Affairs office for their business license, to arrests of individuals posing as residential sellers, but wanted on warrants. There have also been arrests for aggressive behavior, threats made against the resident, burglaries, and assaults.

A pdf of that advice is here (click through the following page): door_to_door_sales.

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More “door-to-door” caution in Maple Leaf

May 17th, 2012 by Mike

Periodically we get reports of questionable activities by solicitors going door to door in the neighborhood.

This email came this morning from Sarah:

Two days ago a young woman came to my door selling magazine subscriptions. She was well-spoken and had what looked like “official documents” from a company called PS Circulation. We chatted for a bit, and then she left.

The next day when I was not home, she came by again and asked if she could use our bathroom, telling my husband that she was a friend of mine from work. The whole encounter felt a bit strange, and I suspect that she was scoping our home for a potential burglary. So, heads up Maple Leaf!

Terrie Johnston, Seattle Police crime prevention coordinator for the North Precinct, recently sent out advice for such situations.

Seattle Police officers respond to calls from citizens concerned about door-to-door salespeople. The results have ranged from the officers checking identification and sending the seller to the City of Seattle Revenue & Consumer Affairs office for their business license, to arrests of individuals posing as residential sellers, but wanted on warrants. There have also been arrests for aggressive behavior, threats made against the resident, burglaries, and assaults.

A pdf of that advice is here (click through the following page): door_to_door_sales.

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More police news from our Maple Leaf neighbors (a door-to-door meat salesman?)

February 16th, 2012 by Mike

Update Friday, Feb. 17: Maria writes:

I don’t live on the block but it looked like someone had stolen mail on 95th between 12th and 15th last night. This morning many of the mailboxes were open and there was some mail scattered along the street.

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Two neighbors emailed us Wednesday with police news.

Sue just wanted to give police credit. “About once a week I see our local SPD hanging out by the school zone on Roosevelt as a watchful reminder to slow to 20 miles an hour. Great job SPD! Way to keep our kids safe!”

Thanks, Sue.

Another neighbor on Northeast 86th Street had a somewhat bizarre experience. A white van stopped in front of her door late Wednesday morning.

A man came to my door and said he was a delivery guy making his rounds, but had no uniform and no package or information with him. I have a large pit bull, and he seemed very interested in my dog and asked lots of questions about him. He then asked if we were interested in steaks, that he delivered them, and when I said we’re vegetarians, he just talked more about my dog then drove off.

The woman was suspicious. Prelude to a home invasion? A pit bull theft ring? “I called the police right away and made a report, and was very impressed when two patrol cars were in front of my house in about five minutes.

After some research, which revealed no door-to-door steak delivery companies in Seattle, I did find this post on a West Seattle blog: http://westseattleblog.com/2009/09/2-door-to-door-alerts-meat-and-meet

Just wanted to give the neighborhood a heads up.

The West Seattle Blog post recounts several such incidents from 2009, beginning with: “A young man came to my door and asked if I would like some free steaks after…as the stories goes….he had to make a ‘big delivery’ in the neighborhood, and had these ‘left over.’ It seemed very, very suspicious….”

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