‘Tis the season many parking lots are packed with idle cars of busy shoppers. Some of those parking lots could have potential scammers walking around to see if they’re able to fix a car dent, or two.
The Better Business Bureau says they’ve received similar reports in Wichita Falls.
“In one situation, one of the victims- one gentleman, was speaking to her and talking to her. While the other one was already doing the work on the bumper and then they turn around and then try and charge you money for the work that they’ve done.” BBB president Monica Horton says the pair of roaming repair operators claim they’re working for local collision company, Gilmore Collision.
“They do not work for us,” Gilmore Collision manager Nathan Rice said. “They’re actually scamming people out of money at this point.”
Rice says they first heard about the incident a few months ago, getting complaints of it happening along Lawrence Road, all the way to Burkburnett.
“Even through both consumers originally declined the services they both report to us that the men were very persistent with them and pushy with them,” Horton said.
“We don’t go to people’s homes to solicit work,” Rica said. “We don’t go into parking lots looking for work you know, if somebody needs an estimate, they can come into the shop and receive the estimate.”
If you fall victim by a stranger soliciting auto body repair work, BBB suggests to:
· Be wary of anyone operating a mobile dent repair business. Good auto body repair work usually requires sophisticated tools, not materials carried in the trunk of a car.
· If approached, try to get a good description of the solicitor, including a description of their vehicle in the event you need to report the incident to police.
· If you feel pressured, either leave the area immediately or contact law enforcement.
· Victims can report their experience to BBB Scamtracker.