More nice weather, more door-to-door alerts. Tonight, three in West Seattle, and one from a WS woman who wants to put out a warning about what happened to her mom in Magnolia, just in case. Read on:
Steve says two women showed up on his doorstep about 2 pm today in the Admiral/Belvidere area, both around 20, one talking while the other stayed 10 feet back, “asking about our children’s education”:
… I’m still not quite sure what they wanted. She said that she was a Berkeley student, here on internship. She asked When and where our kids go to school. She wanted to know (so she could save time) which houses in the neighborhood have kids and which don’t. And what time is my wife home.
I told her she could talk to me about anything concerning my kids and their education, but somehow she never got around to saying anything of substance. She pulled out a laminated page with some children’s pictures on it, is it for magazine subscriptions, or what, I have no idea what she was trying to show me. I’m very private and protective of personal info, and was thinking this is a good scam to obtain info about the houses in the area. I was surprised that a neighbor had already told them that I had kids. But, I just as carelessly said, “no, don’t check that house, they don’t have kids.” I had just woke up from our nap and was not completely on my toes.
As our 3 year old poked his head out the door, she did not even acknowledge. This person is concerned about kids?? Am I being over paranoid, does someone here know that these people are legit. They had I.D. cards around their neck, that I didn’t inspect, but, tied to their I.D. cards they also had their Fred Meyer Rewards cards. WTF!
They went to one more house then took off in their little white car.
Here’s a similar report from the WSB Forums – with a subsequent suggestion that these solicitors may be legitimate.
Next one is from Kris:
Doorbell rang (last night) at 6:00 pm. Stupidly I opened the door (home alone with my 3 kids) and the guy (caucasion) started in about how he just lived a couple blocks away and lived with his grandma while his father was deployed. I told him this was a bad time and he started giving me a hard time. “oh! Well, when’s a GOOD time?!” (said sarcastically). So I told him I wasn’t I interested and he then started in about some “Christian” organization. I said, “I’m not interested” and closed and locked the door. He started yelling at me through the door that he’d be back tomorrow. Really shook me up. He was wearing a white T shirt with a “Hurley” logo and jeans. This was in the 5600 block of 46th. He looked to be in his 20’s (a little old to be living with grandma while ‘dad’s deployed’) and acted anything but Christian.
After reading the April posts of other solicitors I will now 1) get a no solicitor sign -even though these types don’t pay it any attention and 2) never open the door again. Stinks that I have lots of windows around my door. The guy today was looking through the window as I was walking up to the door.
And from Barb – a precautionary door-to-door alert:
Please tell West Seattle area residents to beware – this just happened to my mom in Magnolia. I wrote to their blog and from all the replies this might be a crew of people working the Seattle area. I’m thinking it’s just a matter of time before they cross the bridge to us. If this email can save one person from having to deal with them or prevent the hassle of closing their banks account and opening a new one, I’d like to help.
A young- late teens or early 20′s, white male with blond hair arrived at my mom’s door asking for money for magazines for service people stationed overseas. The name and phone number he gives are fake. He says he’s a neighbor and lives “around the corner” He sweet talks his way into the house, asks for something to drink, asks to use the bathroom etc. He obtains a check, then says he lost it and wants another one. (how do you lose a check between the bathroom and kitchen, I don’t know!) Then he says cash is better because he will qualify to earn more points for a trip to Europe. He says he just needs one more person to give him cash so he can go to Europe. When he leaves, he says he tore up the checks and put them in the wastebasket. Of course after he is gone the waste baskets are empty. I went to the house where he said he lived, they don’t have any young men living there.
This guy made off with two $84.00 check made out to “U. C.” and $60 in cash. We went to the bank and closed the account the checks were written on and canceled the checks, which cost $35.00 per check to cancel.
They did try to cash one of the checks but we had closed the account before they had a chance to cash either check.
Please remind people not to open their doors to strangers, no matter how “charming” they seem. This guy used any tiny bit of info my mom gave him to his advantage to make it sound like he was a neighbor. He even said to her “you remind me of my grandma” and gave her a hug goodbye!