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by Prince Of Petworth September 12, 2018 at 3:25 pm 0

“Dear PoPville,

Seems the scammers are out trying to get in their scams in before the hurricane. We got a knock at the door last night from three people posing as PEPCO workers asking to see our bill to see if we are “running at green efficiency,” which may be the new “there seems to be excessive charges in your neighborhood” method of scamming information. (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth April 18, 2018 at 12:45 pm 0

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“Dear PoPville,

A dude came to the door tonight after 8pm on 10th St, behind the Safeway (in Petworth), selling… books? for kids? at a hospital? I’m not sure, he spoke incredibly fast, was the most impressive sales person I had ever seen, and was gone before I could think twice when I said I didn’t carry any cash or check and would send him cash if I could get a card and research his cause. Dude was talented. Any similar reports?

In other door to door doings:

“Dear Popville – had two people come by around 6:30pm at 8th and Gallatin near the Truesdale campus. MO sounds a lot like this post.

Asian woman named Sam and black guy named Brad came buy saying they were with Star Green Energy. Flashed a badge rather quickly and asked if they could see my electric bill to make sure I was getting a clean energy credit. I politely refused and they walked away without pushing any further. Seeing the PEPCO post aside, something about people going door to door asking to see your bill just sounds suspicious.”

by Prince Of Petworth February 13, 2018 at 10:55 am 0

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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?

“Dear PoPville,

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.”

by Prince Of Petworth October 17, 2017 at 1:45 pm 0

“Dear PoPville,

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!”

by Prince Of Petworth October 5, 2017 at 3:30 pm 0

“Dear PoPville,

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?”

by Prince Of Petworth August 18, 2017 at 1:15 pm 0

“Dear PoPville,

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.”

by Prince Of Petworth June 9, 2016 at 12:55 pm 53 Comments

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“Dear PoPville,

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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