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.