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by Prince Of Petworth January 2, 2019 at 2:35 pm 0


Photo by PoPville flickr user Miki Jourdan

“Dear PoPville,

On Monday my wife just encountered a scammer at 21st and P St NW. He was a white male with brown short hair and a trimmed beard wearing a black jacket and baggy jeans. He was well spoken and claimed to be locked out of an AirBnB and needed “cash to call and Uber.” Be on the lookout! Doug the Scammer’s scam is catching on.”

by Prince Of Petworth December 7, 2018 at 2:25 pm 0

Thanks to a reader for sending this “Doug the Scammer” update:

“He showed up to court, realized the Kapnos Kouzina witnesses were there (myself and a former colleage present the day of the robbery), then left the court room without appearing in front of the judge. There is currently a bench warrant status for him. So if anyone sees him in the city they should report his whereabouts immediately to authorities. Justice will have to live another day!”

by Prince Of Petworth February 12, 2018 at 9:55 am 0


Photo by PoPville flickr user Mark Andre

“Dear PoPville,

“Doug” the scammer is loose on Q Street. Just chased him away from our house just down from Dacha. Calling himself “Dr. Doug Scott” and that he needs to make a call since he left his suit somewhere blah blah blah. The pic you have from Jan 16 is spot on except he’s now wearing glasses. He rang the bell and when I opened the outer door (since I thought it was UPS) he stuck his foot in the door and began his pitch. I called him out as a scammer and that the whole neighborhood was aware of him. He got real quiet and backed away slowly. The Hubby was a little taken aback by how forceful I was but then I showed him the photo and your ongoing coverage and I mentioned he shoved his foot in the door. I did call the cops.”

From the Whitman-Walker Health:

“Thank you for publishing this piece on Doug/Gene. I wanted to offer an update that this individual is not a Whitman-Walker employee and has not been on staff with us.

We appreciate you bringing light to this story as we’ve learned of their scams.”

by Prince Of Petworth June 28, 2018 at 12:30 pm 0

“Dear PoPville,

Just a heads up, “Dr. Doug Scott” has now shown up in Bloomingdale on Quincy Place NW. He just rang our doorbell with the same scam story about leaving his suit jacket with his keys, phone, and money in a coworkers car. When he realized he wasn’t going to get money from us, he requested to use a phone to call Whitman Walker, which, we declined. (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth June 21, 2018 at 9:45 am 0


Photo by PoPville flickr user Mr.TinDC

Change for a $20, “Doug” and now from DC Water:

“DC Water is warning customers that scammers claiming to represent the utility may be calling and asking for personal information or to send a technician to the home. DC Water has received two reports from customers who stated they received such a call and one customer received an at-home visit from someone claiming he was from the water/electric utility and was checking for high water use. DC Water did not make the calls nor send a technician. Further, we are not associated with an electric provider.

Customers should be aware of the following information: (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth June 19, 2018 at 10:45 am 0


“Doug” last year, more photos here

“Dear PoPville,

Just giving PoPVille a heads up-Doug the scammer is back at it. This time he’s made it all the way over to Eckington and the quiet block of Quincy Place. He came to my place around 10 pm this evening, said his name was Doug and that he is my neighbor who “very stupidly got locked out” and doesn’t have a phone. Great acting, dressed well, spoke quickly and clearly-overall very convincing…except for the fact that I have read about him on PoPville before. The pictures matched what I saw on my front door camera so I told him that I absolutely couldn’t help and that he needed to get off my porch. Thanks PoPville community for keeping me safe tonight!”

by Prince Of Petworth January 16, 2018 at 1:35 pm 0

“Dear PoPville,

I live in the 400 block of M Street, NW. This man, who called himself Doug, approached our residence around 11 pm last night (Sunday 11/14). He claimed to live in the neighborhood and was locked out and needed a phone to call someone for help. He used my phone to first call a “friend” who didn’t pick up. He claimed to work for Whitman Walker Health, so he called his “office” number (the actual WWH phone #) and again no answer. He had me dial and put the phone on speaker, I believe so I would hear both calls go to answering machines. (more…)

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