Parking Lot Scam: Fake Mechanic Fixing Dents
Parking Lot Scam: How It Works
Here is another parking lot scam that keeps going around these days, regardless of the city you live in. It is also known as the Dent Fix Scam. In this article, you will learn how the scam works, how to avoid it, and how to report it. Also, feel free to comment at the end article with the locations where scammers are active. How does the scam work?
Watch the video below to see in action the Parking Lot Scam:
You’re on your way out of a store getting ready to put your purchases in the trunk when the guy parked next to you points out a dent in your car. He tells you this is your lucky day as he is an autobody mechanic who just got home from a day at the shop. What could cost you hundreds of dollars at the autobody shop, he will do for a mere $20. How can you go wrong? You say yes.
The “mechanic” starts working on it with some tools he has sitting in his trunk. Then, when you’re not paying attention he applies a white compound over the dent, telling you it will protect the new finish from rain or other surprise weather for the next 24 hours. He collects your money and heads on his merry way, assuring you your car will look as good as new tomorrow. Parking lot scam 101.
When you do finally take off the compound the next day, you’ll find the dent is still there. Many scammers will spend the whole day in the parking lot waiting for victims before moving to a new lot.
Parking Lot Mechanic Scam: How to Avoid
Never believe anybody who tries to do business in a parking lot. It may seem horribly convenient and that’s why the scam works. Don’t fall for it.
Parking Lot Scam: How to Report
Make your family and friends aware of the Parking Lot Scam by sharing it on social media using the buttons provided. You can also officially report the scammers to the Federal Trade Commission using the link below:
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