NYPD Targets Tow Truck Scams in Storm Areas

November 16, 2012

New York City police are working to prevent unscrupulous tow truck drivers from taking storm-damaged vehicles before insurance companies can get to them.

NYPD Deputy Inspector Joseph Kenny tells WABC-TV that some tow truck drivers pretend they’re contracted by the city.

He says they take away the car, then demand hefty towing and storage fees.

A tow truck driver can get up to $500 per vehicle at the junkyard.

Police have arrested four unlicensed tow operators and are on the lookout for more. The NYPD has undercover roving patrols and is setting up checkpoints.

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