Memphis Police issue warning about mechanic scam

MEMPHIS, TN - (WMC-TV) – Memphis Police have issued a warning about a man who they say claims to be a mechanic, but is only after your cash.

Police say the suspect has swindled at least four victims thus far, offering to help fix their cars which were either damaged by him or not actually in need of service.

He is 33 year-old Joe Boyce, wanted on multiple felony theft warrants. He's accused of scamming victims out of thousands of dollars.

Police say Boyce operates in parking lots and out on the roadways. So far, he's convinced at least three drivers that something was wrong with their cars, telling them something fell off or actually cutting transmission lines himself. Police say he then offers to make repairs, for a price.

One victim even handed over her credit card, which you should never do.

Police say Boyce ran the scam in the parking lot of the Home Depot on Truse Parkway in East Memphis and also in the area of South Third and Holmes. Two other people fell victim along the interstate.

Boyce is possibly driving a white or silver Mercury Marquis and may have a female accomplice.

Call Crime-Stoppers at 901-528-CASH(2274) with any information.

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