Byron police warn of scam targeting elderly, travelers

bpurser@macon.comJanuary 16, 2014 

Byron police are warning of a scam that targets travelers and the elderly, while asking for help in identifying the suspects.

Two men driving a red pickup truck are accused of spraying brake fluid behind a back tire and falsely telling drivers that their vehicle has a leak in the brake line, according to an email from Byron police.

The men, who falsely claim to be mechanics at a Byron car dealership, tell motorists their vehicle is not safe to drive and charge $50 to $100 to “fix” the problem until the driver can get the vehicle to a repair shop.

One of the men has shown a fake ID that says he works for the dealership.

The public is asked to be on the lookout for the men and the pickup, which has a hood that appears to be a faded black or primer gray.

Anyone with any related information is asked to contact Byron police Detective Melanie Bickford 478-956-2493.

To contact writer Becky Purser, call 256-9559.

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