2018-04-25 / Front Page

Beware ‘False Alarm’ Car Repair Scam

By Liz Goff
Police are again warning the public to beware a team of scammers who use a series of false alarms to trick motorists into costly repairs.

Cops said the men pull up next to a vehicle stopped at a traffic light and tell the driver his or her car is ob fire, or that heavy smoke is pouring from underneath the vehicle.

Another man suddenly appears and tells the motorist to open the car hood, “So he can take a look to see what’s going on,” police said.

The second man reappears from under the hood and tells the driver, “I’m your guardian angel. I can fix the problem right now,” police said.

Motorists who are unaware of the scam have handed over hundreds of dollars to the men, police said. “Remain alert and remember, you know your vehicle better than they do. Don’t fall prey to the scam.”

Police are urging motorists to call a family member, a friend, or your car repair shop for help if you are worried about driving your vehicle. If all else fails, call 911 and tell the operator that someone saw flames coming from your car – and see how fast the thieves will take off!” Wait for the FDNY to respond before leaving the scene, police said.

Victims are urged to call the Community Affairs Office or Crime Prevention Office at their local precinct to file a complaint, or for more information on the false alarm scammers, police said.

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