Update: Oklahoma community helps dent and ding scam victim

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UPDATE: Norma Sullivan had to do a double take.

The last time we checked in, her pick-up was a mess.

Now it sparkles with its new paint job.

Norma said, “The whole pickup, it's beautiful.”

There are no more dents, dings, or ugly zebra stripes.

This In Your Corner makeover was pulled off by Josh Kardatzke and the Collision Works crew, a new paint job and more.

Josh added, “We did replace the bumper, the chrome piece, the upper piece and the lower piece.”

Plus they hooked Norma up with new headlights, tail lights, molding, mud guards, tailgate, a truck bed and she and her husband didn’t have to pay a penny.

Collision Works had help.

Bob Howard and Keystone Automotive donated parts.

Sherwin Williams covered paint.

Norma told News 4, “I don't think I've ever had anyone do something this nice.”

So much goodness coming from a sour situation.

Norma and three more Oklahomans say Tommy Ephrim targeted them in a door-to-door dent and ding scam at their home, using spray paint, putty, and in some cases he punched holes in the vehicles.

The most recent sighting of Ephrim was in the Norman area.

He was last seen driving a gray Chevy pick-up with Texas tags, JRY0959.

The In Your Corner bottom line, stick to the professionals.

“The tools that you need to fix these things properly are not going to be carried around in someone's car and they're not going to be able to do it outside,” Kardatzke said.

Norma learned that the hard way. She's riding high now.

“I just can't thank you all enough for what you've done.”

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Update: Our In Your Corner team has received new photo evidence of the man accused of leaving dents in wallets.

We know of four victims so far spread out across the metro in Northwest OKC, Midwest City, and Del City, all identifying Tommy Ephrim as the guy who jacked up their vehicles using spray paint, and cheap putty.

Just like the others, Stephanie Christian-Bruner says Ephrim buttered her up with a sob story.

She recalled thinking, “This guy is with his wife, it's Christmas time [and] they need to get their gas back on.”

One victim is out over $2,000, and another, close to $1200, but that doesn't include what it's going to cost them to fix the new damage.

Stephanie tells the In Your Corner team while Ephrim was pretending to repair her dents and dings, he gifted her with a broken headlight, on top of the other damage.

By the time Kathy White saw our warning about the door to door dent and ding scam on News 4, it was too late.

“I got ripped off,” she said.

Disgusted by Ephrim's work, she whipped out her smart phone and snapped photos of him and the spray paint wasn't even the most shocking part.

She says Ephrim also punched holes in her pick-up.

“He was putting a chain through it and he was yanking with his truck,” Kathy recalled. “He told the woman in the truck to hit it and she did and all the sudden we heard this loud noise from the metal.”

The woman going door-to-door with Ephrim claims to be his wife.

They’re handing out this business card and bogus coupon, and giving out a business address in Moore that leads back to an industrial business park. The landlord tells the In Your Corner team Ephrim moved out months ago in the middle of the night without warning, and owes him rent.

Tommy Ephrim is behind the wheel of a gray Chevy pick-up with Texas tag, JRY0959.

If he approaches you at your home or in a parking lot, call police.

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OKLAHOMA CITY - Norma Sullivan just wanted the dents and dings gone from her truck.

“It just looks like crap,” she said.

Now her husband's worn pick-up truck looks terrible, like it has zebra stripes from the black and white spray paint.

“Oh, he's just going to town,” she said.

The guy 'going to town' with the spray paint on her pick-up went by the name Tommy John from '5 Guys Mobile Auto Body.'

Sullivan says he showed up at her front door one day with tools and pressured her to let him fix the pick-up on the spot.

We checked.

Both the coupon and address he gave Norma are bogus. The phone number still works, but no one is taking or returning calls.

The Tommy John fella punched around on a few dents on Norma’s pick-up, but the biggest dent he left behind was in her pocketbook.

“That's a hard lesson to learn,” she said. “Over $2,000 just gone.”

She says she believed him because, “he gave me that sad story that he just got out of the hospital and he's got cancer and he needed money.”

The In Your Corner bottom line:

  • A real dent technician is not going to approach you at home or in a parking lot.
  • The imposters will only accept cash, and they tend to use a cheap white or blue wax on the dents
  • It’s likely whoever did this to Norma's pick-up is still peddling this same shady deal in our area.

Again, Norma says the man said he name was Tommy John with “5 Guys Mobile Auto Body.”

She remembers him being a white man with a beard, likely in his fifties and driving an older model white Chevy pick-up with a tool box behind the cab.

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