Senior citizen scam
Posted in the Russell Springs Forum
#1 Oct 5, 2012
I am writing to you hoping that you will publish this astonishing scam to yet another senior citizen. I live in Canada, and cannot just drive over to the place of business that has scammed my mother and her husband out of $400. After speaking with my mother and hearing how despondent and confused she was, I felt the need to look for some help before others are taken advantage of.
$400 does not come easily for seniors and when taken from them, that means they will have to do without because of the greed of this individual. Since when is a quote, given by a local automotive body repairman working from his own home, not a true promise of service for work and even a handshake of good faith to be accountable? Just because this individual saw an insurance check for a few hundred dollars more than he had quoted, he decided to make them pay to "split the difference" in the check awarded to my mother from insurance to cover the repairs.
We all know that to shop for the best quote and try to give the local neighbor the work and save money is the best all around than paying full price and more for dealerships to perform the work. Not to mention the high deductibles that must be paid before any monies are paid out. Now the question is clear, the dealership is honest in their quote because they must be. But what about the local who ups the cost when pick up of the automobile and demands more money? My mother had even told him if any more money needed for repairs, just let them know with a phone call. Totally trusting the work and the individual she was prepared to pay the quoted amount. However, heated words followed and he greedingly sneered to her that he saw the amount on the check and wanted his extra part of it.
Needing her automobile, as the work was not even done in the alloted time he had mentioned --and extra week of rental car was needed, payment was made. Still I feel that there should be some retribution for individuals who practice this kind of business, particularily with senior citizens. As I mentioned before, I am not even in the country, but sure as heck can feel the frustrations and unbelieveable feeling of scam toward my mother.
Please take something from this heartfelt note to warn others, and to hopefully make the judicial system aware of con artists that are taking advantage of senior citizens. I know I can't directly make a difference, but there is power in newsprint for truth and honesty. Thank you for your time.
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