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* Dent Pro Scam police warn car owners of dent-fixing scam

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Salinas police are warning residents about a scam spreading through the area that targets car owners.
Residents have been approached in parking lots and on streets by individuals claiming to work for DentPro, a company that fixes dents and paint jobs on automobiles. The scammers carry the company’s name on business cards or on magnetic signs affixed to car doors, police said.Recent victims were quoted prices for fixing damage to their cars while they shopped. The victims agreed to have the work done then returned to their cars to find a thick paste over the damage, which they were told by the scammers should be left on for a couple of hours, police said.When the paste was removed, the damage was not repaired, and in some cases it was made worse.Police announced Monday that actual DentPro employees do not approach customers in parking lots or on the street. They report to a location by appointment only and allow customers to view the completed work before leaving.

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  • I live in the Toronto, Canada area and something very similar happened to me, except that the scammers came to my home after having noticed a dent in my car. They did cover the dent with white pastey substance and told me to wait 24 hours before removing. There was considerable damage revealed when I removed the substance. It appears they had painted over some of the dented area with the wrong color.

    They had given me a pamphlet with the name “Dent-Pro – At your Home or Work”. The individuals names were on the pamphlet, Jake & Mark. They left the phone number, 416-316-0527. The phone number is legit and reaches one of them, who says the other will call us back, but needless to say, that hasn’t happened.

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