A Detroit car salesman used a lease scam to steal people’s cars

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A good unemployed car salesman can be a dangerous person. All that industry know-how under their belt can create the perfect storm for fraud if one wanted to go down the path of fining people with their money. That’s what happened with a Detroit car salesman. Fox 2 Detroit reports that this manposing as a salesman, created an elaborate scam that involved lies and resold cars.

Ricardo Perez was once a salesman at Dick Scott Jeep, Aries, Dodge, Chrysler in Plymouth, Michigan. But apparently sticking to selling cars wasn’t enough for Perez. He was fired in the summer of 2021 for fraud and theft. Rather than try to find a position at another dealership, he decided to network with dealerships and continue to scam by creating an elaborate scam ring.

Ricardo Perez

In his clutch, Perez would still pose as a Dick Scott Jeep salesman and offer customers what is called a lease to come. These are offers that allow customers to exit their current lease sooner and purchase a newer vehicle. Worse, the Covid pandemic has entered his game. From Fox 2:

Instead of meeting at the dealership – he used Covid security to his advantage, meeting customers in car parks to make the swap.

Of course, Perez wouldn’t. in fact return the car to the dealership. The person’s car would end up in his never-ending circle of theft: he would resell the vehicle or sell the person a car he stole from someone else doing the same rental return scam.

He didn’t stop there, however. A person like that never does. It’s getting better. He would actually go to dealerships and fraudulently sign papers in their name to get tricked into their “payments”:

He was actually going to dealerships and getting vehicles, but registering them in their name and signing all the paperwork, signing their name, Watters said.

Then he would tell them that their payments were lower than what the dealer was charging.

Perez was telling these people that their first three payments would be reversed, so by the time the finance company contacts the customer for payment, they would already be three months late. This would have a significant impact on their credit. These late notices are what sent people to contact the local police. Perez has now been charged at multiple Detroit-area police stations. And local authorities need to clean up the mess he left behind.

We have some of the vehicles that we can return to certain people. “We do our best to work with these people because they are absolutely, 100%, the victims.

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