Neighborhood Watch: Curb Scam

031009number-01.jpgLast week, we pulled up to park in front of our apartment and noticed brand new painted house numbers on the curb. We figured it was a new thing the city was implementing (and we'd seen similar painted house numbers in local neighborhoods). Until Saturday rolled around and we realized...The painted house numbers are a scam. The city has nothing to do with painting your address on the curb--it's actually random folks going around spray painting the concrete. Not only do they not ask permission first, they leave a note saying that they will be painting address numbers on the curb in your neighborhood and they will collect money when they're finished (which they did on Saturday). A gentleman rolled up to our apartment asking for $15 for the work he'd done! Not only did we feel that was a ridiculous asking price, we told him that he painted our address wrong (by two numbers). While it was a heavily suggested donation by the curb painters, we can only imagine how many folks (especially the elderly) actually think these guys are with the city and empty their wallets. While we were doing research for this post, we saw a fellow blogger write about his experience with the same scam in his neighborhood.

AT readers--Have you experienced a similar scam in your neighborhood? What scams have you had to deal with in your community?

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