RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Rental car scams are on the ride as we head into the summer months.

Criminals have figured out how get you to pay for a non-existent rental car by impersonating legitimate rental company personnel.

You’ve just picked up your bags at a strange airport and you head for the rental car location. When you get there – you find there’s no car for you and no reservation in your name.

You have been ripped off and here is why it is happening.

When the pandemic struck, rental car bookings dropped off significantly and companies sold much of their fleet.

Now, as rental companies try to buy new vehicles to replace their sold cars, they find new cars are in short supply.

That’s because a computer chip shortage is delaying new car production.

That means car rental companies are facing a shortage of new vehicles, which in turn caused rental prices to increase and is forcing people to look for cheap…

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