Support Salvation Army California Wildfire Relief

St. Louis woman says she was the victim of a dent scam

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

ST. LOUIS (KTVI) - Marianne Power says she’s the latest victim in a car dent scam plaguing south St. Louis.

She decided to talk to FOX 2 because she wants to make sure it doesn’t happen to anyone else.

Power says a few weeks ago, a man approached her as she was putting gas in her car at the Shell Gas station on Hampton Avenue.

“He said, ‘Hey how long has that dent been there?” Marianne Power said. And the stranger added, “I work on Maaco on Kingshgighway and I can fix that for you for $95,” she said.

In the matter of seconds she said the man told her to get into her car and turn the wheel.

“I hear this hammering and I get out and he had a screw driver and a hammer and he had nail holes poked all the way in my car,” she said.

The man, who she describes as a Hispanic male, about 5’9” demanded she pay up, which she says she did so that he’d go away.

She reported the incident to St. Louis police that night, but the officer wouldn’t take a report.

FOX2 asked the police department why not and got an email response back:

“She explained to an officer that she was approached and the guy, offered to work on her vehicle. He quoted a price and she agreed to have the work done.”

The email goes on to say:  “She then decided that she was scammed out of her money because the person she paid to do the work had done a [bad] job. She wanted to make a report of “property damage”. There was no report prepared based on the aforementioned information provided by the victim.”

“I was like no I never told him he could touch my car. I had been violated it looks worse than it did before,” Power said.