At about this time three years ago we reported on a guy who was scamming unsuspecting folks in the neighborhood with a story about being locked out of his place of employment and needing money to get a locksmith. As we later learned, the guy had been using this particular ruse for years. Reports on this scammer, as we discovered, had appeared on the blogs of several Seattle neighborhoods.
Well it now appears that this con artist or someone working the same angle is back on the scene here in Madison Park. The Seattle Tennis Club this week sent out this warning:
"To Our Neighbors:
It has been reported that a man is going door to door in the Club's Madison Park neighborhood knocking on doors and asking for money for his car. He claims to be a STC staff member. He is not. He has worked this scam in the neighborhood in the past and he's back. Please do not open your door to this man or give him any money."
We earlier had this report from a reader:
"Last night at 10:45 PM someone was knocking loudly at my door. I went out on the deck to see who it could be at that hour. It was an African American man, guessing in his 50s, claiming to be a janitor at McGilvra school. He said his name was Patrick, and that he had locked keys in his car and needed $14 more to pay the locksmith. He also said he was a gay man and I need not be scared."
The Madison Park Blogger was a victim of this guy many years ago, so we can attest to his being a very convincing fellow.
You are now informed.