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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.

FRAUDSTER PREYS ON WOMEN

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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