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Door to door, "locked out of my house" scam

January 12th, 2011 · 7 Comments

An interesting story from the northern stretch of Roosevelt Way. This tale of a current urban scam was sent in to our sister site Maple Leaf Life this week:

I live by Roosevelt & 75th. Around 1:30 today a man claimed that he and his boyfriend were new to the neighborhood and they were locked out of the house. He said his boyfriend worked for Microsoft and he worked for UW. He needed $3 to pay the locksmith, but his wallet was in the house and he was on his lunch break. I thought $3 was manageable so I gave it to him. Then he said he needed $13 and I said I didn’t have cash, but that my boyfriend would be home soon and I could ask him.

He said he would be right back with my cash. After thinking about it, I realized that the locksmith would have waited for him to get his wallet out of the house for payment. Or the locksmith would have billed him. Nonetheless, I was bilked out of a small bit of cash, but I thought I send a heads up to you since we’re in the same neighborhood.

In a similar incident in Green Lake, the man supposedly locked out asked for $75.   Thanks to Mike at Maple Leaf Life.

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