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Residents warned about scammer promising to fix car dents

By Cathy Tallyn

Staff writer


Residents are cautioned to be leery of anyone who approaches them in a parking lot and says they can fix a dent in their car on the cheap.

A Rossmoor woman was scammed earlier this month by a man who took her money and did a fake fit-it job, said Rossmoor Public Safety Manager Dennis Bell. He said he wouldn’t be surprised if there are other victims.

On Oct. 21, a man of the same description and with the same story approached a resident in the Rossmoor Shopping Center. She told him to follow her into Rossmoor so he could fix the dent on her car.

Securitas staff had been alerted to be on the lookout for such a thing and warned the resident that it might be a scam. She thanked the officer and said not to let him in. A Securitas supervisor told the man he had to turn around, but before he did so, he argued with the officer. The man came back the next day and again argued with the supervisor, Bell said. Walnut Creek police have been alerted, he said.

“If you’re approached by anyone in the Rossmoor Shopping Center parking lot who wants to fix your car, never, never say yes,” Bell said. “I understand it sounds like you’re getting a great deal. But if it’s too good to be true, it’s too good to be true.”

For repairs, go to a reputable body shop, Bell added.