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Scamming targeting Byron drivers
Scamming targeting Byron drivers

Byron police say they're looking for two men they say are targeting travelers and the elderly with a car-repair scam.

A police news release says the men spray brake fluid behind people's back tires. They tell the drivers they have a brake-line leak and that the car is dangerous to drive.

They also tell the drivers that they are mechanics at Jeff Smith Ford and Chevrolet in Byron, and one presents a fake ID.

The scammers charge people $50 to $100 to fix the line until the drivers can get to a repair shop.

Byron police released surveillance-camera pictures of the two men and a red pickup truck they were reportedly driving. The hood appears to be faded black or primer gray.

Detective Melanie Bickford said the two men have scammed as many 15 drivers since Thanksgiving. The incidents happened on spots just off Interstate 75, in Bibb, Houston and Peach counties.

She said Jeff Smith Ford says the two men aren't former employees and they don't even issue employee badges.

Anyone with information on the case, or has a similar experience, can contact Detective Melanie Bickford at (478) 956-2493.


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