Oklahoma City police warning residents of ‘aggressive’ auto-repair scammers targeting women
OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma City Police Department issued a warning to residents Thursday after receiving multiple reports of “aggressive” auto-repair scammers who targeted women.
Police say they are investigating at least two cases where women were targeted while in their cars.
In the first incident, police say a woman was driving in the 5900 block of N. May when a man pulled up along-side of her and told her that her tire was about to fall off.
Officials said the woman pulled into a nearby parking lot where the suspect, who she described as a Hispanic male, told her he could fix her tire for $225.
In the second case, police say a woman was getting into her car outside of the Belle Isle Walmart when a van blocked her in.
The suspect, described as a Middle Eastern male, got out and told her that he could fix dents on her car right then and there, police said.
After working on her car for a few minutes, he told her that she owed him $140, even though she says she never gave him permission to begin work.
In each of the cases, the women reported the suspect was very aggressive in his pitch and demanded cash payment at the time.
Police ask that if you ever feel that you are being scammed, please call 911 and let an officer know.