The “locksmith scammer” is back.
Back in September, an east Green Lake resident told us about a man who knocked on her door, introduced himself as a new neighbor and said that he had locked himself out of his house.
“He said he needed $75 to pay the locksmith,” reported the woman, “but only had $71. I almost fell for it, until on a hunch I asked him which house he lived in and he couldn’t answer me specifically. Probably harmless, but my husband informed me they just reported about this scam on Dateline.”
A similar incident happened again last night (Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2010) at a residence near NE 65th St and 4th Ave NE.
“A man came to our house last night saying he had just moved in down the street and is a maintenance person at Roosevelt High School,” a woman who wishes to remain anonymous told me today. ”He claimed he had locked himself out and needed money to pay the locksmith. He swore he would be right back to pay me back but never returned.”
She described described the man this way: ”He is about 5’8″ and 150 pounds. He is a black man in his 40s, slightly balding.”
Has anyone else had a similar experience?