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Tuesday, May 21, 2024

SCAM ALERT: BBB warns of parking lot scams

The Better Business Bureau is getting reports nationally of persuasive strangers claiming to “fix” dents in your car.

When getting in or out of your vehicle, stay alert to the following tactics and avoid falling prey to this scam. Here is how the scam works:

A person approaches you in the parking lot of a store stating they noticed dents on your car. It just so happens that they work at a body shop and can fix them for you!

They promise to charge much less than what a shop would, and they can make the repairs on the spot while you are shopping.

If you agree to the repairs, more than likely you will end up with a ruined car exterior. One victim told the BBB: “He was ‘fixing’ my car while I was in the store shopping. When I came out, he had drilled a bunch of holes into the body of my car. He told me it was standard procedure to drill holes in order to pull out the dent. Then, he put a black putty thing all over the holes and told me not to take off the putty until 24 hours later. When I tried to take off the putty, it looked worse than before.”

Send your scam story to: rahnl@windomnews.com, or call 507-831-3455. Stories will appear in an upcoming edition and in a Thursday website report. By sharing your story, you may prevent others from being scammed.

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