As South Africans, we are aware that scams are in action around us at a higher level than we would care to have. At UIB, as professional insurance brokers, we would like to bring the latest car theft scam to our client’s attention. In the war against scam artists, awareness of these swindles is the greatest tool we have against those looking to take advantage of us.
There is a disturbing current trend that we have been made aware of recently, and it’s a doozy. Vehicle car owners are being called by individuals stating that they are from a dealership the day after they have had their vehicle serviced. The caller then claims that there is something faulty with the vehicle and will arrange to collect the vehicle and return it to the workshop for attention. The vehicle is then collected with its keys and is never seen again!
Simple as that, as if the effects of COVID on the service industry aren’t bad enough! And here we are being taken for a ride when we think someone is being forward thinking and helpful. Definitely a case where service with a smile is not what you are looking for.
It is never the intention of anyone to be taken for a ride, but it does happen, and it is important to understand how this may potentially influence your insurance policy. Theft by false pretenses is an exclusion in most insurance policies and can leave a policyholder completely unprotected.