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What I particularly hate about the scammers is that I fear when someone really needs help – we will be so, understandably, jaded that we may default to thinking the request is a scam. I hope I’m wrong. Anyone else familiar with the request below?
Just wanted to send out a note regarding a potential scammer. I was walking my dog around 7pm last night between 13th and 14th on D Street NE when a man (late 40s/early 50s, approximately 5’9”, round figured, African American with eye ptosis) ran down “his” front steps and asked for cab fare claiming his wife and daughter were in the hospital in PG County. He whipped out his drivers license to prove he lived at that address (I didn’t lean in to confirm) and claimed that none of his neighbors were home to help him out. I assume part of his story is that he was locked out but he didn’t actually say that. Anyway, I told him I didn’t have any cash on me or in my home but that if his wife and children were in the hospital, the cops would surely be understanding and willing to give him a ride there.
I’ve heard this very story before though I didn’t recognize this guy. We’ll see if he’s still around in the coming weeks.”
We received the below note for an unpaid parking ticket. My gut reaction is this is a scam, since we haven’t gotten a parking ticket in months, we haven’t gotten any late notices from dc on unpaid parking tickets, and normally when tickets are late it doubles. I am curious if anyone else has gotten this letter, and should I ignore it and wait for an official letter? I know there were a bunch of scam letters floating around. Thanks!”
I found this letter today in my mailbox (lower Petworth) without an envelope. I assume the whole street/block has received the same, since my home doesn’t exactly look special in any way, but I haven’t asked around yet. Maybe I’ve just heard about too many DC scams, but my first thought was definitely “yep, they want to burgle me.” Setting aside the @icloud email address and the lack of official letterhead, it’s already October, and I would think scouting privately owned locations and preparing them for shooting would take longer than less than one month?”
What is the deal with these signs? They seem to be everywhere in 16th Street Heights, Takoma, and Petworth – along 16th Street, Blair, Georgia Ave. In the summer there is a nearly identical one advertising camp and it’s attached to every pole and street sign for several miles. Hundreds and hundreds of these signs. Aside from being distracting and annoying and turning into litter, is this a real company? There is no company name listed and no website. One time I called the number to see who was actually behind this and it went to a voicemail with a default recording just stating the phone number. The way it’s advertised seems sketchy.”
Thanks to Ally for sending:
“New (to me) scam posted on the metro. Would someone actually fall for this?”
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After getting gas yesterday at about 6:45pm at the Sunoco at Harvard and Sherman, I was approached by a middle-aged black man wearing dark blue scrubs. He asked me if I knew where he could find a church that was open nearby, and said he wasn’t very familiar with the area but lived close by on Fairmont, having moved here from Texas in April. He began telling me he has a sick mother, he retired to be her caregiver, and she had been in the hospital yesterday. He said he needed $17.12 to pick up her prescription at CVS, but he didn’t get paid until this Friday, and asked if I could help.
95% sure scam, wondering if other folks have encountered him.”
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Anybody in Petworth switch to RCN last summer, with the promise of a $150 Visa gift card, and never received it? I have had all kinds of issues with them, and just wondering if anybody had the same experience”
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3106 Georgia Ave, NW
Not sure if this news has made it to you, but the Soapy Joe’s location at 3106 Georgia Ave NW abruptly (and permanently) closed this week, leaving a multitude of customers (including myself) without access to our dry cleaning. Apparently, the proprietors just skipped town, essentially abandoning the location.
There is literally just a 9×11 sign at the location saying permanently closed, with a contact number.
However, after reaching out to the contact, I found out that all dry cleaning has been moved to an unaffiliated dry cleaner located at 4408 Arkansas AVE NW, which can be reached at (202) 723-0074. Hopefully this info can help others, like myself, who are currently running dangerously low on clean shirts, etc.”
Another reader writes:
“It’s a scam. The new company announced, did a buy xxx number of credits/get free ones and took the money and split – closed down.
Here’s the emails I got from 24 August.”
WE WOULD LIKE TO APOLOGIZE THAT THIS PROMOTION WAS ONLY SENT TO OUR PARTIAL CUSTOMER LIST. WE ARE EXTENDING IT FOR TODAY SO THAT EVERYONE CAN TAKE ADVANTAGE.
First we would like to thank everyone who voted for our name. The votes are in and we are now Fetch Cleaner’s. You can visit our new site www.fetchcleaners.com. Your account information is not live yet (you will not be able to login until Monday of next week).
We are celebrating by offering two of our most popular promotions. Double and Triple credits. You can receive double credits by purchasing up to $250 in credits. If you purchase more than $250 receive triple credits. (i.e. If you buy $250 receive $250 in double credits for a total of $500 or if you buy $100 you receive $100 in double credits for a total of $200. If you buy $300 or more you receive triple credits.)
Credit purchase are available in denominations of $100, $200, $250, $300, $400, $500, and $1000.
This offer will only be available until Tonight at Midnight so please get your orders in today. To redeem this offer please click on the link below and fill out the form.
We will charge your card on file and automatically update your account with the credits you purchase to start using immediately. Don’t wait as this offer will expire.
Thanks for being a valued customer and we hope you take advantage of our summer promotions.
The Fetch Cleaner’s Team
And then from this week:
Good Afternoon Residents,
To all the residents that associate with Soapy Joes, I’m sorry to say that they went out of business on Monday. Another company has picked up where they left off, Imperial Valet Sterling Cleaners. If you have any questions or comments here’s the contact information (202)785-1444 and speak with Mary-Ann, the assistant manager.
Soapy Joes was ALL OVER the city servicing residential buildings. Many of us bought credits and now have nothing. Not even the clothes we had sitting at the cleaners.
I called Imperial and was told that zero money transferred over to them.
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These folks from a company calling themselves “Elite” have come by our house twice this week asking to speak to the homeowner. We rent, and when we said so they left without leaving a card or any contact info. The first time they came by they said it was about our ADT alarm and that they were interviewing all households with the ADT sign outside, the second time about “an audit.” I think this is probably a scam as per http://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0195-some-home-security-systems-may-be-scams“