Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Scammers are targeting local automotive shops, pretending to be hearing impaired and needing work done to their car.
The owner of Worldwide Transmissions wants to warn other automotive shops about a scam that could cost them money.
Curtis Brewer received a phone call and a fax from someone claiming to be hearing impaired, needing a family car fixed that was in a crash out of state.
"The bottom thing is, I need to send them money and that's always a red flag," said Curtis Brewer, Worldwide Transmissions.
Curtis contacted the Better Business Bureau. Investigator Robbie Namee has seen similar scams.
"The consumer will say the shipper won't take my credit card,” she said. “We can take care of the shippers fee when you actually send the money back to the scam artist."
The scammer has contacted Curtis through fax and phone calls using a hearing-impaired relay operator. Curtis just wishes these scammers would use their abilities for good.
“They could run the united states,” he says. “It's crazy; they are very smart, very crafty. The bottom line is, if I have to pay to get work, if I have to forward money to get work, that it's too good be true."
Remember, if you have a scam you would like to report, contact the Better Business Bureau at 1-800-856-2417. You can also email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.