Ann Arbor area scam warning|
From: Huron River Citizens Association <email@example.com>
Sent: Tue, 27 May 2008 7:04 pm
Subject: Scam that is starting to circulate in the NW areas of Ann Arbor
Dear Friends and Neighbors,
We are writing today to let you know of a scam that is starting to circulate in the NW areas of Ann Arbor. Some of our neighbors received a flyer attached to their mailbox indicating that the painting of luminescent house numbers was going to begin tomorrow. If the homeowner was interested in having this numbering done they would leave the filled out flyer and payment attached to their front door.
Please know, according to the Ann Arbor Police Community Standards Department this is a hoax that has been moving about the city. The city does not allow residents to paint their home numbers on the sidewalk, curb or corner of the driveway. This company has no affiliation with the city. Please do not give anything to these people. If you happen to see someone collecting or passing out these flyers - call the AA Police at 994-2785 (Desk Sargent) or the Community Standards Division at 994-1788.
I received one of those fliers but dismissed it as something I didn't want to do. I didn't realize it was actually not allowed or a hoax. Do help if you have any leads on who is doing this.
The people doing it may not know it's not legal to paint such numbers. The intentional non-legality would be in the area of taxes, DBA paperwork, insurance etc.
I've seen these number painters come through here a few times. We didn't purchase the service, but some of our neighbors did. They did actually paint the numbers, they did a pretty decent job, and this is the first I've heard of it being illegal. It may not be illegal in Ypsi township though.
I don't think it's illegal where I live (SF Bay Area, San Lorenzo) but I don't see a lot of it, either. I've heard that around here, the worst around it is that the ads will either imply or say outright that (for example) off-duty cops or firefighters are doing it, and that all proceeds go to support injured cops or firefighters, when that's a crock. But the numbers do get painted on.
It's much less common than it used to be, though.
I grew up in Metro Detroit and we did have numbers painted on the curb. Though, in the 9 years I lived in that particular house the numbers faded and were never repainted. The other neighborhoods we lived in didn't have curb numbers at all.
The number painters did that in our neighborhood last fall. We didn't take them up on it, but I've no idea it was illegal. Does the flier not contain any contact info? That does seem weird.
No, there was no contact info on the flier. It just said to leave the flier out on your door if you were ordering it done.