Police departments around the country are warning about a popular scam that targets the elderly.
It goes something like this: someone knocks on your door and tells you they've painted your house number on the curb. Maybe they explain that they work for your city or town, and claim that you already owe them money for the job. If you refuse, they might get angry or threaten that you'll get in trouble.
This is one of those scams that pops up over and over again, and in a surprising number of places around the world. People from Los Angeles to Australia have reported being harassed by number painters looking to make a quick buck.
Police want you to know that if you didn't ask for any work to be done around your house, you have no obligation to pay anyone for their work. If you think you're being scammed, or if the number painter is acting abusive towards you, record a description of them and their vehicle and call the non-emergency number for your local police department.
To make things even more confusing, some towns will pay number painters to draw your house number on the curb. This has lead to some ugly confrontations between city workers and home owners who think they're being scammed.
But there are some clues that can help you tell a scam artist from a real painter...