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Police warn of 'neighbor' trying to dupe people out of money

Posted June 9, 2009 9:43 a.m. EDT

— Police warned Monday that a well-dressed man has tried to dupe at least four people out of money, claiming to be a neighbor who locked his keys in his car.

Between May 19 and June 3, four Raleigh residents reported to police that the man knocked on their doors and asked to use the phone. After pretending to call a locksmith to get his keys out of his car, the man asked the victims for money to pay the locksmith.

In some cases, the man asked the residents to give him a ride to meet the locksmith, police said.

None of the victims' money has been recovered.

The man was described as a black man in his 20s or early 30s, standing between 5 feet 7 inches and 5 feet 9 inches tall. He has a slender build and was well dressed.

Police cautioned against letting strangers into your house and urged residents to always report suspicious activity or people.

Anyone who has experienced a similar incident was asked to call 911 to report it.

Those with information about the cases should call Raleigh police detectives at 919-996-3555 or Crime Stoppers at 919-226-2746. Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards for tips that help clear cases, and callers never have to identify themselves.