Miracle ‘dent remover cream’ not so miraculous for scam victim

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Authorities say a Roseville resident was duped out of $260 by a stranger peddling special “scratch remover cream.”  

According to the Roseville Police Department, the incident happened around 1:15 p.m. on Oct. 17. The victim was in a store parking lot when he was approached by a man claiming to be an auto body repairman who just happened to be enjoying his day off. The “repair guy” offered to fix a dent on the victim’s pickup for $260 cash. After the victim agreed, the suspect spread a thick unknown substance over the truck’s door that he referred to as “scratch remover cream.”

“The man collected the cash and told the pickup owner that when he got home, he could rinse the cream off, and all the scratches would be gone,” officials from the Roseville Police Department said in statement.  

However, when the victim returned home to wash the substance away, his truck was more damaged than ever. The "dent repair guy" is described as a white male in his 30s, about 5 feet, 7 inches tall and 185 pounds with black hair and an olive complexion. He was last seen driving a gray 1980s Nissan extended-cab pickup.

Roseville police strongly urge residents to avoid such parking lot “deals” with unknown individuals, especially those who ask for cash on the spot.  

~ Staff report