The Monterey Park Police Department would like residents to be aware of curb address painting scammers. The curb-painting scam involves people you didn’t hire showing up, painting your house number on the curb and then demanding payment. Sometimes, the painters say they were hired by the city, pressuring the homeowner to pay up. Do not provide any payment or donations to these individuals. The City of Monterey Park Municipal Code (13.17.010 MPMC) requires a permit to conduct these services in the city.
How do you know who is legitimate and who’s not? Here are a few tips:
- Ask to see a permit. If they’re not legitimate, chances are they’re going to go away.
- Check them out. Call the police department to see if they are permitted through the city.
- Ask where the money is going. If it’s for charity, they’re required to have information about the organization, and in most cases, their non-profit information.
The City of Monterey Park has contracted a reputable curb painting company for curb painting services at no cost to residents. So remember, if someone approaches you and asks for money because they already painted your house numbers on the curb, politely close the door and report solicitors immediately to the Monterey Park Police Department by calling 626-573-1311.
Monterey Park Police Department Watch Commander