I have a new one!
About a month ago, I saw notices on our door and all the doors in my complex from the major cable company in our area. These paper door tag notices had a past due amount written on them with a $40 collection fee. I thought it was odd, but I called the cable company to report it and to check on our account (I use an auto-payment feature).
DS came home from school today and there are notices again, this time, the "collection fee" is $60! Only, this is not something authorized by the cable company and I am sure if you pay this person, none of it will find it's way onto your account!
I'm wondering what the people who don't have cable are thinking about this whole thing.
If the scammers were at all intelligent they would only visit the places that don't have a visible satellite dish and then have to gamble that the residents didn't just have network TV only (IMO not many people do). In apartments with more than one bill-paying resident, I can see where it would be easy for one person to think that the other forgot to pay it.
Oddly and scarily, I actually knew a woman who worked for a small local car finance company. One day the boss decided it would be a good idea to send employees to go door-to-door to try and collect on the spot any payment they could from delinquent accounts. It wasn't a scam but that brilliant idea lasted one whole day...for the employees safety
She looked for a new job after that.
edit: I do know the difference between "knew" and "new"