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Limited rebates scam alert

July 7, 2011
An area Volkswagen dealer told the CATA about a ring of car thieves who try to capitalize on one or more limited rebates for which they are not qualified. Volkswagen Credit confirmed that Audi dealers especially have been targeted across the country.
The thieves reportedly provide Social Security numbers of deceased people or ones that never have been issued.
The dealer said the man who visited his store sought a recent college graduate rebate and indicated his age is 27. He said he worked for Baker Enterprise in California and listed contacts at the University of California Santa Cruz.
The Volkswagen dealer spot delivered a vehicle but managed to get it back. “I must tell you,” said the dealer, “this guy was extremely smooth. Keep your eyes open on any college grad deals, first-time buyer, etc.”