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Joe Marconi

Beware: Con man rips off shop

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Here’s a true story from a few years back worth mentioning:


A man walked into a local shop asking for a few small services, nothing big. He said he was new in the town and wanted to start a relationship with a repair shop. When the car was ready, the man paid cash for the services and he went on his way. A few weeks later, he came back asking for a set of wipers, a bottle of washer fluid and check the tire pressure. He also paid cash for the wipers and fluid.


The man came in a few more times to price tires and brakes. Each time he would spend time speaking to the shop owner, becoming real friendly. A week went by and the man came in to make an appointment for the 4 tires, alignment and brake work.


When the car was done, the man told the shop owner to please lock up the car, he would pick it up after hours and he would be by in the morning to give him the cash.


And guess what happened? Yup, you guessed it. The man was never to be found again. The address was false, the name false and the phone disconnected.


I don’t know what made me think of this today, but I thought I would share it.

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