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by Prince Of Petworth September 25, 2017 at 12:45 pm 0

“Dear PoPville,

On Sunday 9/24 we were hit by the ‘Neighbor Bruce’ [Also has gone by Gene] scammer at about 9:15pm at our home just off H Street, near the new Whole Foods. He introduced himself as our neighbor ‘Doug’, provided an address for where he lived and a few names of neighbors he knew. He said his employee just dropped him off and he left his coat with his wallet, phone and keys in the backseat and asked to use our phone. I initially was skeptical and tried to turn him away, but (as con artists do…) he continued on with his narrative and convinced my husband to call a number he provided. (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth September 15, 2017 at 3:30 pm 0


Photo by PoPville flickr user Tim Brown

“Dear PoPville,

Remember a few years back when people posing as Verizon employees where knocking on doors to do a system check? I believe that scam is running again in Petworth/ 16th St. Heights.

I had 3 young adults knock on my door today alleging to work for Verizon. One was wearing a very faded Verizon shirt, the others looked like they were in school uniforms – dark polos and kakhi pants.

I explained that I had recently moved iand I just had Verizon at my house last week, so I would call the office if I had problems and they went away.

But just wanted to remind people not let these people in your house. Verizon employees should be able to show you an employee ID and do not do door to door solicitations.

Be safe!”

by Prince Of Petworth September 12, 2017 at 10:05 pm 0

From a press release:

“Montgomery County’s Office of Consumer Protection (OCP) has released a consumer alert video regarding deceptive practices by air duct cleaning services. This Consumer Alert Air Duct Scams Video warns consumers about coupon-based air duct cleaning firms that engage in deceptive marketing by promoting misleadingly low prices, making unsubstantiated health claims and up-selling additional services.

The video highlights a two-step “deceptive dance” prevalent in this industry. First, coupon-based air duct cleaning firms typically gain access to a consumer’s home by advertising that they can provide a service at an extremely low cost, and then attempt to scare a consumer into purchasing hundreds or thousands of dollars of additional services by representing that dangerous conditions are present in the ducts.

The video also highlights other problems with the coupon-based air duct cleaning industry: (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth August 18, 2017 at 10:30 am 0


9th and Florida Ave, NW (U Street)

I stopped in yesterday for some glasses and unfortunately they were out but I was told both Georgetown (3225 M St, NW) and U Street/Shaw (photo above) locations will be getting more in on Saturday to giveaway for free!

This leads us to – What will we wait in long lines for today? Part Two – Eclipse glasses:


Photo by PoPville flickr user Joe Flood

More on what Air & Space is up to here.


Photo by PoPville flickr user Joe Flood

by Prince Of Petworth August 17, 2017 at 12:45 pm 0


via DC Bar

“Dear PoPville,

As a longtime DC resident, I’m constantly looking for ways to make the City a better place, and one easy way to do so is to voice my opinion when it matters.

One such opportunity is to chime in during appointments and promotions of D.C Superior Court Judges, the ones whose actions have a great impact on the quality of life for D.C’s residents.

Three of the Superior Court Judges are currently being proposed for Senior Judgeship and the public are encouraged to comment before September 29.

I personally had the misfortune of being the victim of a violent crime, only to realize that the perpetrator was a career felon who was given a minimal sentence by one of these 3 judges, not just in my case last year, but once before, by the same judge, almost 2 decades ago. I believe elevating these kind of judges not only condones this kind of behavior, but encourages it.

I did make my voice heard to the Office in charge of hearing the comments, and hope that other readers of PoPville would take the time to do so, in case they have an opinion one way or another, on any of the 3 judges.”

The D.C. Commission on Judicial Disabilities and Tenure is reviewing the qualifications and fitness of the following D.C. Superior Court Judges: (more…)

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