Warning: Edgewater Fake Violin Scam

EDGEWATER, Colo. (KDVR) – The Edgewater Police Department is issuing a warning about people setting up outside grocery stores or other retailers with a violin and a sign saying they need help .

EPD said this is a fake violin scam and is happening all over the country.

“They play the violin – or at least that’s what it sounds like – and ask for donations. You may have heard them using a fiddle and a big loudspeaker outside Target or King Soopers in Edgewater Marketplace,” EPD said.

Recently an Edgewater officer spoke with a band and asked them to play a song and they couldn’t play.

Police also said they received reports from the public that they had heard the music, but when the so-called violinist stopped playing and the music continued to play through a speaker system.

Here are some other things you should pay attention to, according to EPD:

  • A sign held by a man and a woman, sometimes children asking for help with rent because they recently lost their jobs
  • Possibly drive to and from location in vehicles that have fictitious out-of-state license plates

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EPD said it is issuing the warning to the community and business owners to be well informed before handing over their money.