City-wide Scam Alert

posted Jul 11, 2011, 2:54 PM by Ronnie V   [ updated Aug 28, 2012, 5:00 PM ]
From the City of Minneapolis July 11, 2011

Door to Door Scam  


An individual has been going door-to-door in Minneapolis telling individuals that his car has broken down and he needs cash for a tow truck. Another variant of his story is that his car is in the impound lot and he needs the money to get it out. It is believed that these statements are false. This individual has reportedly been doing this for a number of nights over the past couple of weeks. He has reportedly returned to people who have given him money in the past and asked for more.

Suspect Information:
There is no suspect information publicly available at this time.

What you can do:

If you are approached by someone with this or a similar story, DO NOT give him any money. Politely decline, note his description and direction of travel and call 911.

Call 911 to report suspicious activity. This includes strangers walking down your alley and looking in garages, loitering, or vehicles circling the block with occupants you don’t recognize.

Contact your Crime Prevention Specialist for additional prevention information.

See to locate which Precinct and Sector you reside in.