TUCSON (KVOA) – A rental car shortage is causing prices to skyrocket, and scammers have found a clever way to cash in, the Better Business Bureau said. BBB Scam Tracker is receiving reports of con artists impersonating rental car company representatives, the BBB said. They claim to be able to get you a deal on your rental, but it’s really a way to trick you into paying hundreds of dollars for a car that doesn’t exist.

How the Scam Works

According to the BBB, you search for a rental car company online and dial the phone number that appears at the top of the results. A “customer service representative” answers and explains that you are in luck! The company is offering a special promotion. If you pay for your rental up front using a gift card or prepaid debit card, you can get a significant discount.

It seems odd, but the representative insists that the “deal” is…

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