Goleta Police Alert Public to Possible Scam
Goleta - April 25th, 2012
The Goleta Police Department is alerting the public to a possible scam involving two men who approached a resident and offered to service vehicles in exchange for cash.
At approximately 11:00am on Tuesday, April 24, 2012, two men knocked on the front door of an elderly woman’s residence and offered to detail her two vehicles parked in the driveway. They agreed on a price of $275 which included the repair of bumper scuffs and pin-striping on one of the cars.
At some point, the woman gave the men permission to make additional mechanical repairs on the vehicle, although they never agreed upon a price for the additional services. Some time after 12:00pm, one of the men asked the woman to accompany him to purchase parts needed for the repairs while the other man remained at the residence.
The man in the vehicle told the woman that the he could give her a break on the cost of parts and only charge her $2,000. He also said that some of the parts were under warranty and that he would give her a refund check for nearly $1,800.
The man waited in the vehicle while the woman went inside Wells Fargo Bank to withdraw the money. While in the bank, alert bank employees realized the woman may be the victim of a scam. The woman eventually called her son who told her to call the police.
When Goleta Police officers arrived, the man had already exited the car and left the area, as did the man who had stayed behind at the residence. An inspection of the vehicles revealed that no repair work had been done.
Unfortunately, there is no description of the men, but the woman believes they were driving a white van or utility type vehicle.
The Goleta Police encourages anyone who has any information related to this incident, or suspects they are being scammed, to please call their nearest law enforcement agency.
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