Apparently there’s a new repair scam making the rounds. It’s another one of those “on-the-street” hustles, but I have to say that this is one of the weaker I’ve heard of. Nonetheless it seems a number of people have been taken by the scam. I’ll let you read it as it appears in the Nyack-Piermont Patch:
A team of con men operating in Rockland County is targeting young drivers and older drivers with an auto repair scam that has cheated several people recently out of hundreds of dollars, according to Clarkstown police.
Two Queens men have been arrested in connection with the scam, but Lt. Anthony Ovchinnikoff said detectives believe several other people are involved and that motorists should be wary of anyone who comes up to them on the street or in a parking lot offering to repair body damage to their car.
“They will take out some tools, pound on the fender and tinker, but they are not really doing anything,” Ovchinnikoff. “They then demand money for the repairs they say they have made. The victims say the men have been quite intimidating.”
This scam is similar to incidents that involve “creating” a repair in order to fix it, such as the loosening of lug nuts by scamsters. There’s a basic rule that will avoid this and similar scams — never pay anyone to fix your car in a parking lot. Seriously, never.