Beware of Con Artists in Hoboken!
I’ve heard of a couple little rackets taking place in Hoboken lately (not at city hall, either).
This one has been popping up as of late on the Live Hoboken Police and Fire Scanner. A man rings your bell, or gains access to your building claiming either to be Cablevision salesman or repair person.
I can’t recall whether he asks for money, or some kind of identification, or even tries to burglarize your home if he gains entrance. But several callers to HPD have advised them of the situation and haven’t let him in. Often later at night, too (like 9pm and beyond.) So be on the lookout!
The Modell’s beggar
This guy doesn’t appear as dangerous, and only asks people for money on the street.
The scam: This genius finds a Modell’s Sports ID tag that an employee would normally have on his neck. He approaches you on the street, and says his car ran out of gas, and he has only $0.xx change to his name. “Can you help me get some gas?”
He approached me uptown, and I had heard of this scam already. I asked him where his car was, and does he have a gas can… he stumbled, mumbled and pointed in some direction far away and I said “you’re pulling this stunt all over town” and he ran off…
Does him wearing a Modell’s Sports ID automatically give him credibility?