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Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office warns of window chip scam

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Posted at 11:02 AM, Jun 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-25 14:18:02-04

OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, Fla. — The Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office is warning residents about a case of fraud you may not have heard of before.

In a Facebook post, the agency said it's been contacted by residents about a so-called 'window chip scam.'

The sheriff's office said the scam starts when you park your car and leave it. When you return, there's a small chip in your windshield that wasn't there before, along with a business card for a company that conveniently specializes in chip repairs.

The company offers to replace your windshield, and tells you to submit the bill to your insurance company.

Problem is, according to the sheriff's office, the bill is for an enlarged amount that far surpasses what the repairs should've cost, and you're stuck paying the difference.

If you think you've fallen victim to this scam, call Deputy Jack Nash at 863-763-3117 ext. 5018.

WPTV's Arthur Mondale is working this story, and will provide updates online and on air.