Apparent Scammer Going Door to Door
I received the following email from a reader this morning:
I read your blog and thought you might be able to help. Today, a lady knocked on my door looking for donations for the daughter of Miriam (not 100% sure on the first name) Hill, who had been murdered leaving the H St NE Family Dollar on Thursday. I didn't see anything regarding this in the news, which I realize isn't that surprising, but I also didn't see it in any of the neighborhood blogs. The lady said she'd be around for the next few days and I would be happy to make a donation but I want to make sure it's not some kind of scam. Any news would be appreciated! Thanks!
The woman told the reader the victim had been shot September 5th. This woman has been going around the larger neighborhood for weeks now. The first incident I know of occurred about 6pm Saturday 8/17. We discussed this on Twitter, but after reading the email above I wanted to post something here as well.
The story has evolved over time. It seems that a Mrs. Hill has been mentioned more than once. Sometimes it is Mrs. Hill (an older woman) who has died tragically after having worked for "many years" at the Family Dollar on H Street (just as a side note, it hasn't actually been there for a super long time). As you can read above, the deceased party is now her daughter. The note above says the daughter died on Thursday, but another reader says the woman stopped by his place in the middle of last week saying the murder was "yesterday."
Sometimes the woman claims to be associated with a church (needs money for services for the dead woman), but seems confused about the church's name. Other times she claims no church affiliation, but says she is collecting on behalf of the community. She may, or may not, show you a picture of the "victim." Here are some descriptions of the woman:
short, appox 5' blk female, had a bucket with the picture said she was collecting for the community, no church affil-------------------
Middle-aged (prob 40s, 5 foot, overweight, African American, casual/workout clothes).------------------
She is an African American women, probably in her forties. She is around 5' to 5' 3". She had her hair braided and pulled back into a ponytail. She wasn't wearing glasses or any makeup. When she came to my door she was wearing all black and carrying an old coffee can or tin can with a picture of a women on it. She also had a backpack.
It sounds like she's targeting a pretty wide area (both north and south of H Street, and spread far east to west) , so keep a look out for her. Call the cops if she tries this mess on you.