The Mystery of the Man with the U-Haul Truck
September 14, 2011 10:15 AM Subscribe
My mother had an unsettling experience at her home this evening between 5 and 5:30 p.m. Does this person who came to her door sound like a scammer or a criminal?
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My mother was watching TV in her den at the back of the house. The wooden front door to her house was open, and opens directly into her living room, but the glass-and-iron security door was closed and locked. (So anyone standing on her front porch would be able to see inside.) She was not in the living room, but in the den at the back of the house. Her car was in the carport, and was visible from the street. Someone rang her doorbell and she went to the front door and saw a man standing there. She didn't open the locked security door, but just spoke to him through the door. The man said, "I knew someone named Renee lives here, but now that see you, I know you're not the person I'm looking for." She said, "Okay," and he left. There was a U-Haul truck parked at the street in front of the house, which he got into and drove away.
At first she didn't think much of it, but the more she thought about it, the more puzzled she got. Why would he have come to her house? The fact that he knew a Renee lived there suggests that he had been looking at public records. And why the U-Haul? He was a middle-aged man, and he didn't look particularly distinctive.
Does this sound like a potential scam or crime? What potential crime or scam could this have been?