Be wary of curb-painting scam, Vancouver PD warns

VANCOUVER, Wash. (KOIN 6) — Vancouver police are warning the community of what appears to be a door-to-door scam hitting local neighborhoods.

Police say some west Vancouver residents have received fliers stating painters would be coming by to paint house numbers on curbs as a service, though the forms suggest a $15 donation.

“We just want people to be aware that this is not a city sponsored curb painting,” police spokeswoman Kim Kapp said.

A spokesperson for Vancouver Public Works told KOIN 6 News that anyone wishing to do curb painting must obtain a permit, which would allow them access to the right-of-way.

There are also special guidelines the city has for curb painting of addresses, officials said.

“We checked with the city and there was no solicitor permit that were issued for this,” Kapp said.

The painters then return to the homes of residents that declined the service and attempt to collect a fee, according to police department officials.

Catherine Melo, a homeowner, said a man knocked on her door around 10:20 p.m. the other night asking for cash.

“He knocked on the door and I asked who it was and he said he was collecting for the curb painting and I told him, I’m not going to open the door at 10:20 for anyone,.” Melo said.

Police said anyone who see anything suspicious should file a report with the city.


The flier posted in some west Vancouver neighborhoods. (KOIN 6)
The flier posted in some west Vancouver neighborhoods. (KOIN 6)
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