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Police Alert Residents to Car Repair Scam

The “repair man” offered to fix a dent in a resident’s pickup using “scratch removal cream,” according to Roseville Police.

At least one resident fell victim to a car repair scam in Roseville, where a man offered to fix a dent in the victim’s car for cash. Instead, the victim found his car to be more damaged after the transaction.

According to Roseville Police, around 1:15 p.m. on Oct. 17, a man was approached in the Target parking lot at Douglas Boulevard and Eureka Road, by a man who claimed to work for a dent-repair business and offered to fix a dent in the victim’s pickup truck. The suspect said it was his day off and took $260 cash for “fixing” the dent using “scratch removal cream,” according to Roseville Police.

The victim was told to rinse the cream off when he got home; when he did, he found his pickup to be more damaged than before.

Once he realized he had been scammed, he contacted Roseville Police.

The suspect is described as a white male in his 30s, about 5’7” tall and 185 pounds. He had black hair and an olive complexion. He was driving a gray 1980s Nissan extended-cab pickup.

According to Roseville Police, when someone asks for cash on the spot, it’s typically a red flag. Police recommend residents not accept on-the-spot offers from strangers and instead make sure to deal with reputable businesses and licensed workers.

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JLyons October 25, 2012 at 08:03 PM
I just saw the same guy in San Jose yesterday. Licence plate 7V91393 White Sierra truck GMC. They had two trucks there with "Dent Shop" magnetic sign on side door. I know it was a scam because they were approaching elderly people about dents on their cars, professionals do not solicite work in parking lots. At WalMart parking lot on Monterey Rd in San Jose

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