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DC scam- Guy Posing as City Inspector with the Dept of Consumer & Regulatory Affairs (DCRA)

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  • DeBorah Steiner
    Please pass it on ... From: mcginnfamily Sent: Sunday, April 25, 2010 10:31 AM Subject: DC scam FYI .....Don t get ripped off. ted Sunday, April 25, 2010 pic
    Message 1 of 4 , Apr 25, 2010
      Please pass it on
      ----- Original Message -----
      From: mcginnfamily

      Sent: Sunday, April 25, 2010 10:31 AM
      Subject: DC scam



      FYI .....Don't get ripped off. ted



      Sunday, April 25, 2010
      pic of fake DCRA inspector who shakes down residents for money.

      Recall the resident on U Street NW in Bloomingdale who recently reported getting scammed by a suspected imposter DCRA inspector?
      See this post from the Mount Vernon Square Neighborhood Association list and the Shaw Neighborhood list about the fake DCRA inspector shaking down residents.

      A city agency is warning homeowners about a con artist with an inventive, albeit illegal, scam.

      The grifter claims to be an inspector for the D.C. Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA), the agency that handles building permits, housing codes, trash complaints and a plethora of other issues.

      Here's how the scam works: The guy approaches homes under construction, posing as a DCRA inspector. He tells the homeowner or construction crew that they could be fined for debris, garbage or other matters concerning the property. He pretends to call headquarters, then comes back to the victims and says he will have to fine them. The impostor then offers to forget the whole matter for a little cash.

      There have been three cases that authorities know of in the past 18 months. The bogus inspector hit most recently Monday afternoon in the 100 block of U Street NW. DCRA officials said their inspectors carry badges, and residents approached by anyone claiming to be an inspector should ask to see a DCRA badge. Any doubts call the police.

      First Published: Apr 22, 2010 10:06 AM ED

      Posted by Scott Roberts of Bloomingdale at 7:56 AM<http://bloomingdaleneighborhood.blogspot.com/2010/04/pic-of-fake-dcra-inspector-shaking-down.html> <http://www.blogger.com/email-post.g?blogID=17267242&postID=3891616155561775715> <http://www.blogger.com/post-edit.g?blogID=17267242&postID=3891616155561775715>
      Labels: DCRA inspector fraud<http://bloomingdaleneighborhood.blogspot.com/search/label/DCRA%20inspector%20fraud>
    • Greene, Lamar (MPD)
      Anytime someone presents themself as an inspector or government official at your home and you question their legitimacy, please call MPD immediately. There
      Message 2 of 4 , Apr 26, 2010
        Anytime someone presents themself as  an inspector or government official at your home and you question their legitimacy, please call MPD immediately.  There are no citations that can be paid in cash at your door step that i am aware.  Therefore a demand for a cash payment should be a sign to immediately call MPD to stop this individual and verify their identity. i will also ask DCRA to supply a list of what enforcement reps carry badges.

         

         

         

        Are you making DC Count? You still have time to make a difference for your community.

        Be sure to fill out and mail back your 2010 Census Form.

         www.census.dc.gov or for additional assistance call 1-866-872-6868.



        From: MPD-5D@yahoogroups.com [MPD-5D@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of DeBorah Steiner [DLSmith112@...]
        Sent: Monday, April 26, 2010 2:07 AM
        To: MPD-5D; brookland; ward5; trinidadDC; BrooklandGLBT
        Subject: [MPD-5D] DC scam- Guy Posing as City Inspector with the Dept of Consumer & Regulatory Affairs (DCRA)

         

        Please pass it on

        ----- Original Message -----
        From: mcginnfamily

        Sent: Sunday, April 25, 2010 10:31 AM
        Subject: DC scam

        FYI .....Don't get ripped off. ted

        Sunday, April 25, 2010
        pic of fake DCRA inspector who shakes down residents for money.

        Recall the resident on U Street NW in Bloomingdale who recently reported getting scammed by a suspected imposter DCRA inspector?
        See this post from the Mount Vernon Square Neighborhood Association list and the Shaw Neighborhood list about the fake DCRA inspector shaking down residents.

        A city agency is warning homeowners about a con artist with an inventive, albeit illegal, scam.

        The grifter claims to be an inspector for the D.C. Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA), the agency that handles building permits, housing codes, trash complaints and a plethora of other issues.

        Here's how the scam works: The guy approaches homes under construction, posing as a DCRA inspector. He tells the homeowner or construction crew that they could be fined for debris, garbage or other matters concerning the property. He pretends to call headquarters, then comes back to the victims and says he will have to fine them. The impostor then offers to forget the whole matter for a little cash.

        There have been three cases that authorities know of in the past 18 months. The bogus inspector hit most recently Monday afternoon in the 100 block of U Street NW. DCRA officials said their inspectors carry badges, and residents approached by anyone claiming to be an inspector should ask to see a DCRA badge. Any doubts call the police.

        First Published: Apr 22, 2010 10:06 AM ED

        Posted by Scott Roberts of Bloomingdale at 7:56 AM<http://bloomingdale neighborhood. blogspot. com/2010/ 04/pic-of- fake-dcra- inspector- shaking-down. html> <http://www.blogger. com/email- post.g?blogID= 17267242& postID=389161615 5561775715> <http://www.blogger. com/post- edit.g?blogID= 17267242& postID=389161615 5561775715>
        Labels: DCRA inspector fraud<http://bloomingdale neighborhood. blogspot. com/search/ label/DCRA% 20inspector% 20fraud>

      • carol fleming
        Commander Greene:   Sam Ford of Channel 7 read your quote below on the 5 PM news today when he reported this incident.   Carol Fleming  ... From: Greene,
        Message 3 of 4 , Apr 26, 2010
          Commander Greene:
           
          Sam Ford of Channel 7 read your quote below on the 5 PM news today when he reported this incident.
           
          Carol Fleming 

          --- On Mon, 4/26/10, Greene, Lamar (MPD) <lamar.greene@...> wrote:

          From: Greene, Lamar (MPD) <lamar.greene@...>
          Subject: RE: [MPD-5D] DC scam- Guy Posing as City Inspector with the Dept of Consumer & Regulatory Affairs (DCRA)
          To: "MPD-5D@yahoogroups.com" <MPD-5D@yahoogroups.com>, "brookland" <brookland@yahoogroups.com>, "ward5" <ward5@yahoogroups.com>, "trinidadDC" <trinidadDC@yahoogroups.com>, "BrooklandGLBT" <BrooklandGLBT@yahoogroups.com>
          Date: Monday, April 26, 2010, 9:09 AM

           
          Anytime someone presents themself as  an inspector or government official at your home and you question their legitimacy, please call MPD immediately.  There are no citations that can be paid in cash at your door step that i am aware.  Therefore a demand for a cash payment should be a sign to immediately call MPD to stop this individual and verify their identity. i will also ask DCRA to supply a list of what enforcement reps carry badges.

           

           

           

          Are you making DC Count? You still have time to make a difference for your community.

          Be sure to fill out and mail back your 2010 Census Form.

           www.census.dc. gov or for additional assistance call 1-866-872-6868.



          From: MPD-5D@yahoogroups. com [MPD-5D@yahoogroups .com] On Behalf Of DeBorah Steiner [DLSmith112@ msn.com]
          Sent: Monday, April 26, 2010 2:07 AM
          To: MPD-5D; brookland; ward5; trinidadDC; BrooklandGLBT
          Subject: [MPD-5D] DC scam- Guy Posing as City Inspector with the Dept of Consumer & Regulatory Affairs (DCRA)

           
          Please pass it on
          ----- Original Message -----
          From: mcginnfamily

          Sent: Sunday, April 25, 2010 10:31 AM
          Subject: DC scam

          FYI .....Don't get ripped off. ted

          Sunday, April 25, 2010
          pic of fake DCRA inspector who shakes down residents for money.

          Recall the resident on U Street NW in Bloomingdale who recently reported getting scammed by a suspected imposter DCRA inspector?
          See this post from the Mount Vernon Square Neighborhood Association list and the Shaw Neighborhood list about the fake DCRA inspector shaking down residents.

          A city agency is warning homeowners about a con artist with an inventive, albeit illegal, scam.

          The grifter claims to be an inspector for the D.C. Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA), the agency that handles building permits, housing codes, trash complaints and a plethora of other issues.

          Here's how the scam works: The guy approaches homes under construction, posing as a DCRA inspector. He tells the homeowner or construction crew that they could be fined for debris, garbage or other matters concerning the property. He pretends to call headquarters, then comes back to the victims and says he will have to fine them. The impostor then offers to forget the whole matter for a little cash.

          There have been three cases that authorities know of in the past 18 months. The bogus inspector hit most recently Monday afternoon in the 100 block of U Street NW. DCRA officials said their inspectors carry badges, and residents approached by anyone claiming to be an inspector should ask to see a DCRA badge. Any doubts call the police.

          First Published: Apr 22, 2010 10:06 AM ED

          Posted by Scott Roberts of Bloomingdale at 7:56 AM<http://bloomingdale neighborhood. blogspot. com/2010/ 04/pic-of- fake-dcra- inspector- shaking-down. html> <http://www.blogger. com/email- post.g?blogID= 17267242& postID=389161615 5561775715> <http://www.blogger. com/post- edit.g?blogID= 17267242& postID=389161615 5561775715>
          Labels: DCRA inspector fraud<http://bloomingdale neighborhood. blogspot. com/search/ label/DCRA% 20inspector% 20fraud>


        • Greene, Lamar (MPD)
          Thanks for letting me know, please follow the advice and be careful! Commander Lamar D. Greene ________________________________ From: MPD-5D@yahoogroups.com
          Message 4 of 4 , Apr 26, 2010
            Thanks for letting me know, please follow the advice and be careful!
            Commander Lamar D. Greene


            From: MPD-5D@yahoogroups.com <MPD-5D@yahoogroups.com>
            To: MPD-5D@yahoogroups.com <MPD-5D@yahoogroups.com>
            Sent: Mon Apr 26 19:38:55 2010
            Subject: RE: [MPD-5D] DC scam- Guy Posing as City Inspector with the Dept of Consumer & Regulatory Affairs (DCRA)

             

            Commander Greene:
             
            Sam Ford of Channel 7 read your quote below on the 5 PM news today when he reported this incident.
             
            Carol Fleming 

            --- On Mon, 4/26/10, Greene, Lamar (MPD) <lamar.greene@ dc.gov> wrote:

            From: Greene, Lamar (MPD) <lamar.greene@ dc.gov>
            Subject: RE: [MPD-5D] DC scam- Guy Posing as City Inspector with the Dept of Consumer & Regulatory Affairs (DCRA)
            To: "MPD-5D@yahoogroups .com" <MPD-5D@yahoogroups. com>, "brookland" <brookland@yahoogrou ps.com>, "ward5" <ward5@yahoogroups. com>, "trinidadDC" <trinidadDC@yahoogro ups.com>, "BrooklandGLBT" <BrooklandGLBT@ yahoogroups. com>
            Date: Monday, April 26, 2010, 9:09 AM

             
            Anytime someone presents themself as  an inspector or government official at your home and you question their legitimacy, please call MPD immediately.  There are no citations that can be paid in cash at your door step that i am aware.  Therefore a demand for a cash payment should be a sign to immediately call MPD to stop this individual and verify their identity. i will also ask DCRA to supply a list of what enforcement reps carry badges.

             

             

             

            Are you making DC Count? You still have time to make a difference for your community.

            Be sure to fill out and mail back your 2010 Census Form.

             www.census.dc. gov or for additional assistance call 1-866-872-6868.



            From: MPD-5D@yahoogroups. com [MPD-5D@yahoogroups .com] On Behalf Of DeBorah Steiner [DLSmith112@ msn.com]
            Sent: Monday, April 26, 2010 2:07 AM
            To: MPD-5D; brookland; ward5; trinidadDC; BrooklandGLBT
            Subject: [MPD-5D] DC scam- Guy Posing as City Inspector with the Dept of Consumer & Regulatory Affairs (DCRA)

             
            Please pass it on
            ----- Original Message -----
            From: mcginnfamily

            Sent: Sunday, April 25, 2010 10:31 AM
            Subject: DC scam

            FYI .....Don't get ripped off. ted

            Sunday, April 25, 2010
            pic of fake DCRA inspector who shakes down residents for money.

            Recall the resident on U Street NW in Bloomingdale who recently reported getting scammed by a suspected imposter DCRA inspector?
            See this post from the Mount Vernon Square Neighborhood Association list and the Shaw Neighborhood list about the fake DCRA inspector shaking down residents.

            A city agency is warning homeowners about a con artist with an inventive, albeit illegal, scam.

            The grifter claims to be an inspector for the D.C. Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA), the agency that handles building permits, housing codes, trash complaints and a plethora of other issues.

            Here's how the scam works: The guy approaches homes under construction, posing as a DCRA inspector. He tells the homeowner or construction crew that they could be fined for debris, garbage or other matters concerning the property. He pretends to call headquarters, then comes back to the victims and says he will have to fine them. The impostor then offers to forget the whole matter for a little cash.

            There have been three cases that authorities know of in the past 18 months. The bogus inspector hit most recently Monday afternoon in the 100 block of U Street NW. DCRA officials said their inspectors carry badges, and residents approached by anyone claiming to be an inspector should ask to see a DCRA badge. Any doubts call the police.

            First Published: Apr 22, 2010 10:06 AM ED

            Posted by Scott Roberts of Bloomingdale at 7:56 AM<http://bloomingdale neighborhood. blogspot. com/2010/ 04/pic-of- fake-dcra- inspector- shaking-down. html> <http://www.blogger. com/email- post.g?blogID= 17267242& postID=389161615 5561775715> <http://www.blogger. com/post- edit.g?blogID= 17267242& postID=389161615 5561775715>
            Labels: DCRA inspector fraud<http://bloomingdale neighborhood. blogspot. com/search/ label/DCRA% 20inspector% 20fraud>


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