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36Does Dollar Rent A Car routinely swindle customers via insurance scam? [w/video]

Elderly And Foreign Visitors Especially Targeted, According To Lawsuit

In retrospect, Eileen McMonigal believes she looked like the perfect target for a scam. She had recently fractured an ankle, so when her flight arrived in Tampa, Florida, she needed a wheelchair to get around the airport. A young escort helped collect her belongings, which included carryon luggage and a puppy in a travel carrier.

7Uber reportedly scammed Lyft 5,560 times since October

Mobile taxi service Uber has exploded in popularity recently, with major investments from Google and even partnering with the latest Transformers movie, but the meteoric rise has been tempered with controversy. In Europe and Asia, the app has sparked protests and has been legislated against to make it harder to use. The company's business practices are now falling under the microscope again, but this time it isn't coming from the old guard rallying against the upstart; instead competing ride on-

352This Gas Pump Malfunction May Be Costing You

'Pump Jump' can add a few cents or dollars to your fuel costs

A technical snafu, called the "Pump Jump," is costing consumers. It occurs when charges are left on a gas pump, costing consumers money before they even start filling up their car.

129Car Dealerships Will Settle Deceptive Advertising Charges

Federal Trade Commission investigated the sale, financing and leasing of vehicles

Nine U.S. car dealerships caught in a Federal Trade Commission dragnet will settle charges of making deceptive claims in their advertising, the Automotive News reports.

36Pedestrian fakes hilariously bad hit, foiled by Russian dash cam

After the Good-Samaritan-fest that was the last Russian dash cam video, it's back to our regularly scheduled program of scamming and madness. This time, it's a woman who attempts to pretend she's been hit by a car and rendered unconscious, the same tired con-job that happens to be one of the primary reasons that Russians probably perform more surveillance on themselves than the state does.

36Volvo uncovers widespread cheating by its Chinese dealers

According to a report in Reuters, the findings of an internal investigation conducted by Geely-owned Volvo is that its Chinese dealers vastly overreported their sales numbers in 2011, then even more vastly underreported their 2012 sales figures. About "half the dealers" out of the 151 total outlets gamed the system in order to get incentives for reaching volume objectives, falsely recording about 7,000 more units sold than was actually the case. Instead of 47,140 cars sold in China in 2011, the

254Why Dozens Of Tow-Truck Operators Hauled Away Legally Parked Cars

Dozens of firms ran scam; now corrupt truckers target Sandy victims

Tow-truck operators in New York City have been towing away legally parked cars and scamming owners out of cash, according to the New York Post.

81If you're going to fake being run over, make sure a dashcam isn't on

If you live in certain parts of the world, it's probably best just to own a dashcam and leave it running at all times. Luckily, this Taiwanese driver had is camera rolling and was able to prevent himself from becoming a scam victim. He is not alone in this fight.

22FTC shuts down auto warranty robocaller

If you have a phone, you've probably been offered a (last, final, only, etc.) chance to extend your car's warranty. Hopefully you realized an anonymous caller from an unknown number had no idea what kind of car you drive much less when your warranty expired and promptly ended the call.

418This is why you need a dash cam on at all times [UPDATE]

We hate to break it to you, but the world is chock full of unscrupulous people, folk who don't care one bit about screwing you to get ahead. Thankfully, unscrupulousness can be kept in check by vigilantly recording everything that happens to you. We know, the prospect sounds daunting, but a good dash cam will at least keep you covered while driving.

101Watch an auto shop commit insurance fraud

We won't say it's human nature to cheat, but humans and cheating go together often enough to make us consider it.

19Maine gas stations ignoring penalties, shorting customers fuel to make more money

Think you're paying too much at the pump? Perhaps you are – but not as much as those gassing up in Maine. No, the Pine Tree State doesn't have the highest gas prices in the land (that would still be Hawaii), but it does have a problem with out-of-spec gas pumps. According to state inspection officials, several stations have been found with multiple pumps delivering less fuel than customers are paying for, some of them so inaccurate that the agriculture department has had to order them imme

14It's Friday: How not to impress the green car media

AutoblogGreen gets a lot of unsolicited emails. Some give us great tips about the goings-on of the green car industry. Some are uninteresting PR bits that we quietly ignore. Then there are the ones like the following, which we present in a slightly redacted form and with no comment:

2Alert: Cash for Clunkers-like scam sites up and running

The success of the federal government's C.A.R.S. (Cash for Clunkers) program led to the creation of the 2009 Automotive Stimulus Program, a private plan run by some of the U.S.'s larger auto dealers. The creation of a second program, one that has different rules and isn't C.A.R.S., and the nature of the Internet has led to some scam sites that purport to be offering clunkers-style rebated but they're really collecting personal information from unsuspecting users. The auto dealers that are part o

4Ethanol scam going on in Virginia?

The Virginia State Agriculture Department is investigating gas stations that might be selling people bad gas. In this case, "bad" means too much ethanol. While the maximum percentage of ethanol that can be blended with unleaded fuel in that state is 10 percent, some people claim that some stations are selling fuel with excess corn in it. The Department discovered a wide range of ethanol blends in different samples, with one reaching 50 percent. As regular readers know, it's a bad idea to pump th

36REPORT: FBI busts up $25M car cloning ring

The Federal Bureau of Investigations has shut down a car theft ring operating in the U.S. for more than 20 years, causing in excess of $25 million in losses to owners and banks. According to CNN, the ring would clone cars, swiping the legal identity of one car – VIN numbers, tags, stickers -- and applying it to another, stolen car. The cloned car would then be sold to a dealer or consumer, and the countdown would begin: Eventually, most would be discovered as stolen property and confiscate

65"Expired car warranty" calls have several states pissed, too

If you haven't gotten the automated phone call frantically saying that you desperately need to speak to someone about your car's warranty, consider yourself lucky. If you gave in and actually bought an expired warranty from these spineless telemarketers, good luck getting reimbursed for car repairs.

AddCoast to Coast AM tries out HHO (Water4gas) system

The Coast to Coast Am late night radio talk show, hosted nowadays by George Noory, often lends a sympathetic ear to those with a bizarre tale to tell or folks making outlandish claims. After being deluged with calls and emails to the show asking about assertions made of increasing gas mileage using kits such as those sold by Water4gas, (they claim to break water down into HHO and burn it along with your gasoline) George decided to try a "real life" experiment to see if it actually worked. With h

26Spark EV's Michael Papp arrested in electric vehicle scam

Thanks to our reader Mike, we have an update to share about the troubled history of Michael Papp electric vehicle company. Regular readers will remember that Papp is the man behind Spark EV, a company that has been accused more than once of shady dealings. It looks like the New Jersey law officials agree, and have decided to step in to put a stop to Papp's scam.

29EcoWatts: another "free energy" company touts their scam *ahem* invention

Remember a while back when a company tried and failed to show off their "free energy" machine? For the purposes of this post, we'll simply refer to that event as the "Stoern debacle." That company claims that their machine is capable of giving off more energy than it takes to run it. In fact, 285 times more energy! Yeah, but it turns out that the last time that they tried to show off their wares, the machine failed to work.

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