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I said 'no' to potential scammer who drove a Mercedes | Letters
I live in the north Dash Point Road area of Federal Way. At 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, I believe I possibly encountered the same individuals that scammed letter writer J. Kirwan on repairs to dings on her car.
A young man approximately in his 20s came to my door bringing attention to the scratches on my car. They are on the colored right side of the rear bumper and are really not all that noticeable. He said if I took it to an repair shop, it would cost $500 to fix. However, he worked at an auto shop and he had the product to fix it and it would only cost $125, he said.
I said "no."
He tried to convince me it was "major" damage that needed to be repaired. I said "no."
He asked if he could give me a business card. I said "no," and he left.
It all felt very odd, so I watched him. The car had been out of my line of sight behind my own car. But as he pulled away I saw a male passenger in the front seat of a very nice gold Mercedes. Uh, you work at an auto shop (probably not the highest paying job in the city) and you are doing "odd" jobs on the side, but you drive a nice gold Mercedes?
My first thought was that he was "casing the house/neighborhood." Then I remembered reading J. Kirwan's letter regarding being scammed. If you see a car fitting this description, you are encouraged to get as much detail as possible and contact the Federal Way Police Department's crime prevention unit, which has the report of today's encounter. Or if you actually have someone come to your door offering you this service, contact 911.
Harriet Cook, Federal Way