Recently on the Petworth listserve, some neighbors were talking about a guy coming to their door, asking for money for a purported Dunbar High band trip to Rockefeller Center. However, it's a scam. See below for more:
FYI, be aware that someone has been knocking on doors (most recently on Yuma Street) posing as a Dunbar Senior High School student seeking contributions for a group trip to New York.
A short email to Dunbar confirmed he's not legit -- Edward B. Anderson, director of bands at Dunbar SHS, reports: "No we are not fundraising for a competition at the Rockefeller Center in New York. This person has been going around all year doing this; we are waiting for him to get caught. If you can take a picture of him we may be able to catch him. The band just got back this weekend from Norfolk State Univ. Homecoming where we placed second in their parade. We are going to go to Orlando FL for a competition in the end of March, if you want to give a donation. But please be aware that all donations should come to the school in the form of a check."
Note that the young man doing the fundraising wears a Dunbar jacket and shows a Dunbar ID. It's unclear if he actually has any connection to the school.Other neighbors report that he's a black man form 24 to 28, about 5'10" to 6', with short hair and a scar on his cheek. If you see him, don't give him and money and you should probably notify the police.