It turns out, it’s a scam that has worked across the country. Take it away neighbor CV:
Young guy just came to my door and asked if I had a stand up freezer. When I asked why he said that “He just finished his a delivery in this area, and had left over meat to sell, ribeyes, filet mignon – whatever you want.” I said that I’m not interested, and that I wouldn’t buy meat off the back of a truck. He left and came back two minutes later.
I didn’t open the door, but he held up a receipt that appeared to be from “Countrywide Meats.” He said look, this is really legit. Again, I said, look I’m not interested, please leave. So he left for good. I did some online research, and it seems this is a scam. There are numerous stories, that start just like the encounter I had, where the victim ends up buying hundreds of dollars worth of very low quality meat. See: http://www.bing.com/search?q=meat+selling+scam&go=&qs=n&sk=&sc=1-17&form=QBLH Could also be that we was sizing up our house and its contents. I didn’t talk to him long enough to see if there were holes in his story. Just wanted to report this and let the neighbors know to be on guard.
We’ve heard anecdotes from others on the Hill — and in other parts of the city in the past — about this kind of thing. The goal is to get you to sign a contract and stick you with expensive, low quality meat. The meat scammers enter the Hill’s pantheon of wiseguys right next to The Good Samaritan Scammer.