Smoke Out of Your Car

How the scam works:

(with video below) This scam usually happens when you get back to your car and turn on the engine. Somebody waves at you, approaches, and says there is smoke coming out of your car. “It looks ugly. I don't think it is safe to drive. Let me take a look at it, I think I know what's wrong”. How does the scam work?

Watch the video below to see in action the Smoke Out Of You Car scam, exposed:

Smoke Out Of You Car Scam Video

The scammer pretends to be a mechanic and says he'll fix it for you for almost nothing – only $20. What he does as soon as you pop the hood is disable a fuse or tube in a second and then show it to you – or even set a napkin on fire! The scammer targets people who are less mechanically inclined, especially women.


How to avoid:

Never believe anybody who is offering services in a parking lot.


How to report:

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Scammed on Park Ave I near 87th by a guy who said we had smoke coming out of our engine and to pull over right aawat, he was a mechanic then called this in to his shop. Asked if we hit s pot hole which we had, then fixed it. Now wanted$380.00 because he called it in. We got scammed out of $200.00.

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