Photo by Eric P.

From DC Water:

“DC Water is warning customers that scammers claiming to represent the utility may be calling and asking for credit card or bank account information. DC Water has received a few reports from customers who stated they received a call that appeared to be from a DC Water number, demanding payment for continued water service. However, DC Water did not make the calls.

Customers should be aware of the following information: Read More


“Dear PoPville,

I posted a sofa for sale on Facebook Marketplace and Craigslist (Really nice sofa – still for sale!) And immediately got 3-4 replies from people saying they want it but are at work, traveling, whatever, and will Venmo or Zelle me the money and have their nephew/brother pick it up. Read More


photo by Diane Krauthamer

From The Office of the Attorney General (OAG):

“Attorney General Brian L. Schwalb, in collaboration with the DC Department of Buildings (DOB) and Department of Licensing and Consumer Protection (DLCP), today issued the below consumer alert warning DC residents about home improvement scams and offering tips on what to look out for to avoid being scammed. Read More


“Dear PoPville,

The guy in this photo is pretending to be a fire system inspector. In the middle of our busiest time at Pearl’s Bagels [Saturday} AM this man came in and told our manager that he was there to inspect our fire suppression system and update the tags on our vent hood. He had our manager call us, and when he got off the phone he lied to them and said that we had forgotten to let them know that he was coming, handed them 4 bills, and told them that Oliver said to just pay the bills via cash in the safe. They were busy and flustered and paid him without confirming that we’d said this. The bills totaled $947 dollars.

We realized it was a scam when they told us they’d paid him cash, and when we looked at the bill we realized it’s a phony company with a fake address.


From MPD:

“Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division, Special Investigations Branch, seek the public’s assistance in identifying a suspect in a First-Degree Fraud offense that occurred on Saturday, April 22, 2023, in the 1000 block of 7th Street, Northwest. Read More


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