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Busted: Fake mechanic tricked women drivers

2015-07-16 07:50

TAKEN FOR A RIDE: A fake mechanic, who defrauded dozens of female drivers, has been indicted in Hungary. Have you ever been swindled by a mechanic? Tell us. Image: Shutterstock

BUDAPEST, Hungary - Prosecutors in Hungary say they have indicted a fake mechanic who defrauded 29 female drivers by taking money to fix their cars' non-existent problems.

Budapest's chief prosecutor Tibor Ibolya said on Wednesday (July 15) in a statement that the man, who was not identified, warned women about false glitches like oil leaks or sparks coming out of the exhaust.


The man would say he was a mechanic and that the problem needed to be fixed immediately and typically ask for the equivalent of about R700 to buy the necessary parts or supplies at a nearby shop or fuel station.

To ease suspicions he asked victims to watch his bag until he returned - but he never did.

The frauds, committed between July 2011 and May 2013, totalled the equivalent of about R21 300.

Have you been the victim of a fraudulent mechanic? Have you been taking for a ride at a garage? Email usand we'll publish your story on Wheels24.

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