Con Artist or Something Else?

I received the following information in an email. Here’s yet another good reason NOT to open your door to strangers.

The incident listed below happened in the neighborhood of Seasons Trace in the Village of Sterling Ridge on Friday evening.

Dear Neighbors,

A word of caution to share this evening.  One of our neighbors called me to say a well-dressed young man rang their doorbell this evening about 8:00 saying that he lived in our neighborhood.  He gave a house number (on the opposite side of our neighborhood), but no name.  Both husband and wife were present and then opened the door to him, against their better judgment, but thinking that although they didn’t recognize him perhaps he was a college student they hadn’t seen before.  He said his mother’s car was broken down on Woodlands Parkway and she didn’t have enough cash on hand to pay the $90 tow fee, and he needed an additional $25 to pay the driver.  When asked, he said the tow truck was meeting him at his house in 30 minutes.  They did not give him any money, but said they would meet him at his house in 30 minutes when the tow truck driver arrived.  They watched the young man walk to his truck parked nearby and the husband went to this house to check out the situation.  Of course no tow truck ever appeared nor did this young man. They called law enforcement to report the incident.

It is a sad reminder that although we would love to open the door to help a neighbor in need, it appears we can’t safely do so.  Obviously this “neighbor in need” did not send her son to randomly ring doorbells asking for cash.  It’s scary not knowing if this person’s intent was just to obtain cash, or if he was checking to see who answered the door.  Thanks to our neighbor for letting us all know so that we can stay alert and not ever open our front door unless we actually know the person.

If I receive any further information from the Woodlands Watch program on this incident, I will pass it along.  In the meantime, be careful and let everyone in your household know not to open the door to strangers.



About M.J.Deare

I am a writer, actively researching topics of interest. I am also a graduate of the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, with a degree in English, and have a master's degree from the University of Memphis. Born in New Orleans, I lived there until moving to northwest Arkansas and from there to Memphis, Tennessee. My husband and I currently reside in The Woodlands, Texas.
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