How the scam works:
You've been on vacation for the last two weeks and don't have a care in the world, driving around in a sweet rental car that you are just returning as you get ready to hop on a plane to your next destination. You drop it off in the lot and go into the office so they can give it a final once-over.
A mechanic walks past the office and gives you an accusatory look. You look back, surprised and confused.
Calling you over he asks you to start the car. When you try to start it, which you've been doing everyday for the past two weeks, it doesn't work. The mechanic takes you back in the office and they draft up a bill with hefty charges for the "engine troubles" you caused. You insist you didn't do anything, but they aren't relenting. Little do you know, the mechanic flooded the carburetor on purpose while you were waiting inside. The fees they're charging are way beyond what it would cost to fix it.
How to avoid:
This scam is usually pulled on people who are not mechanically inclined. Tell them you've heard of the scam and threaten to call a lawyer. If they're smart, you'll be on your way in no time.
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