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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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Door-to-door scammers back in Maple Leaf

June 23rd, 2011 by Mike

Marjorie reports that on Thursday afternoon a man came to her door needing $20.

“It was to call a tow truck for an accident his wife was in,” Marjorie said. She described him as 40-ish, white, husky and clean-shaven with glasses and Bermuda shorts.

“This guy walked right into my living room,” she said. “I told him I was going to call the police – they’re going to help you – and I reached for the phone and he ran so fast.”

This scam occurred around 3 p.m. near Northeast 86th Street and 17th Avenue Northeast. The man claimed to be a neighbor, but Marjorie lives in a block watch area and knows her neighbors.

Marjorie says other neighbors reported a suspicious white van in the area.

For advice from the police on what to do when someone knocks on your door, click here.

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"Locked out" scam man still here

January 11th, 2011 by Mike

The man pulling the door-to-door, “locked out of my house” scam is still working the neighborhoods.

In comments on our original post, Tad, at 12th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 56th Street, says he had a visit Monday night.

I enjoyed asking him questions about details, baiting him, and called my wife to come to the door, and eventually revealed to him that we knew of the scam because he had pulled it on our neighbors multiple times.

He apologized and said “God Bless!” and left. We called 9-1-1.

His story is identical, locksmith, Microsoft, UW, same name (!) etc. He’s been busy!

Since our original “locked out” post on Sunday about the scammer who claims to work for the UW or Microsoft, lives nearby with his boyfriend and is locked out of their house and needs money for a locksmith, readers have reported him in the Central District, the International District and the University area.

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“Locked out” scam man still here

January 11th, 2011 by Mike

The man pulling the door-to-door, “locked out of my house” scam is still working the neighborhoods.

In comments on our original post, Tad, at 12th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 56th Street, says he had a visit Monday night.

I enjoyed asking him questions about details, baiting him, and called my wife to come to the door, and eventually revealed to him that we knew of the scam because he had pulled it on our neighbors multiple times.

He apologized and said “God Bless!” and left. We called 9-1-1.

His story is identical, locksmith, Microsoft, UW, same name (!) etc. He’s been busy!

Since our original “locked out” post on Sunday about the scammer who claims to work for the UW or Microsoft, lives nearby with his boyfriend and is locked out of their house and needs money for a locksmith, readers have reported him in the Central District, the International District and the University area.

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The door-to-door, "locked out of my house" scam

January 9th, 2011 by Mike

This tale of a current urban scam was sent in this afternoon by Myra. It’s virtually identical to one that our sister site My Green Lake reported on in September:

I live by Roosevelt & 75th. Around 1:30 today a man claimed that he and his boyfriend were new to the neighborhood and they were locked out of the house. He said his boyfriend worked for Microsoft and he worked for UW. He needed $3 to pay the locksmith, but his wallet was in the house and he was on his lunch break. I thought $3 was manageable so I gave it to him. Then he said he needed $13 and I said I didn’t have cash, but that my boyfriend would be home soon and I could ask him. He claimed his name was Patrick Lewis.

He said he would be right back with my cash. After thinking about it, I realized that the locksmith would have waited for him to get his wallet out of the house for payment. Or the locksmith would have billed him. Nonetheless, I was bilked out of a small bit of cash, but I thought I send a heads up to you since we’re in the same neighborhood.

Thanks, Myra. In the My Green Lake scam, the man supposedly locked out asked for $75. Amy, the My Green Lake editor, noted the locked-out scam was reported in October 2008 in the Central District News.

The man introduced himself as a new neighbor living in the condos next door, which are actually townhomes. The man proceeded by saying that his partner is caucasian and works for Microsoft. Then he explained that he locked himself outside and needed to pay the locksmith $25 but he only had $21. He asked if my boyfriend could give him $4.

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The door-to-door, “locked out of my house” scam

January 9th, 2011 by Mike

This tale of a current urban scam was sent in this afternoon by Myra. It’s virtually identical to one that our sister site My Green Lake reported on in September:

I live by Roosevelt & 75th. Around 1:30 today a man claimed that he and his boyfriend were new to the neighborhood and they were locked out of the house. He said his boyfriend worked for Microsoft and he worked for UW. He needed $3 to pay the locksmith, but his wallet was in the house and he was on his lunch break. I thought $3 was manageable so I gave it to him. Then he said he needed $13 and I said I didn’t have cash, but that my boyfriend would be home soon and I could ask him. He claimed his name was Patrick Lewis.

He said he would be right back with my cash. After thinking about it, I realized that the locksmith would have waited for him to get his wallet out of the house for payment. Or the locksmith would have billed him. Nonetheless, I was bilked out of a small bit of cash, but I thought I send a heads up to you since we’re in the same neighborhood.

Thanks, Myra. In the My Green Lake scam, the man supposedly locked out asked for $75. Amy, the My Green Lake editor, noted the locked-out scam was reported in October 2008 in the Central District News.

The man introduced himself as a new neighbor living in the condos next door, which are actually townhomes. The man proceeded by saying that his partner is caucasian and works for Microsoft. Then he explained that he locked himself outside and needed to pay the locksmith $25 but he only had $21. He asked if my boyfriend could give him $4.

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