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FRAMINGHAM – Don’t get auto body work from people in a parking lot, is the recommendation from authorities.

On Saturday night, March 25 just after 5, Framingham Police were called to theStop & Shop parking lot on Old Conn Path

“Three males were soliciting people in the parking lot offering auto body work,” said Framingham Police spokesperson Lt. Rachel Mickens.

“The parties left in a dark color Infinity SUV with Maryland plates,” said the Framingham Police spokesperson.

The Better Business Bureau’s Scam Tracker has received multiple reports of strangers claiming to “fix” dents in your car.

This is a scam.

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According to the Better Business Bureau “a person approaches you in the parking lot of a store stating they noticed dents on your car. It just so happens that they work at a body shop and can fix them for you. They promise to charge much less than what a shop would – and they can make the repairs on the spot while you are shopping.”

The Better Business Bureau offers the following tips:

• Be wary of unsolicited offers. This kind of scam starts with someone who just happened to drive by and notice the car needed a repair. If you are approached by a stranger in a parking lot offering repair services of any kind, be careful and ask questions. If they have a business card, check out if the company they say they’re representing is in fact legitimate.

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 Don’t fall for high-pressure sales tactics. Scammers will often pressure you to accept their offer, demanding full payment upfront with a statement you’ll never get a better price anywhere else. In addition, they only have time to do the repairs at that moment. High-pressure, now-or-never sales tactics are a hallmark of scams.

 Research the repair person and repair shop before you do business. Look up reviews and business ratings of any repair person or company before agreeing to any service. If you are dealing with an individual repair person, ask for references to call and verify the quality of the work. If a person can’t wait for you to do the necessary research, find someone else to do the job.

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Susan Petroni is the former editor for SOURCE. She is the founder of the former news site, which as of May 1, 2023, is now a self-publishing community bulletin board. The website no longer has a journalist but a webmaster.