Warning Issued After Fake Inspector Threatens to Demolish 3 Philly Homes

The mayor’s office is issuing a warning after a man posed as an inspector and told three Philadelphia residents their properties were going to be demolished.

Officials say on January 8, and again on January 13, a man approached three separate residents and told them the City of Philadelphia was going to demolish their property.

The man approached residents at the following three locations:

  • 2500 block of N. Colorado Street
  • 2400 block of W. Cumberland Street
  • 2400 block of W. Sergeant Street

He did not provide any identification and is not employed by the city’s Licenses and Inspections Department. None of the properties were scheduled to be demolished, officials said.

The man, described as middle-aged, was wearing a reflective vest and yellow hardhat. He was driving a dark green Volvo station wagon with Pennsylvania tags.

Representatives with L&I said their inspectors wear clothing with the Department’s name and insignia and present proper identification when inspecting properties. The public should always request identification from anyone representing to be employed by any City agency or department.

The public is advised to call Licenses and Inspections at 215-686-2400 to confirm if a property is going to be demolished either by the city or private party.

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