GOULDSBORO — Summer means a lot of road trips, but the season also is ripe for scammers seeking to steal money from consumers searching online for car rental deals. These imposters are “popping up like potholes,” the Detroit Free Press declared.
A case in point occurred in Corea village last weekend. A Bay Point Road resident was defrauded $400 after clicking on what appeared to her to be a valid Hertz rental car promotion offering a special deal of $35 per day. Seeking an affordable, one-way rental, the Corea resident followed the imposter agent’s instructions to purchase a $400 American Express gift card, call back and provide the number. She later called back and discovered the telephone number was bogus.
Gouldsboro Police Chief Pat McNulty says the fraudulent transaction was reported to both Hertz and American Express. The complainant was unable to recover her loss from the prepaid gift card. “Always use the official website and if it feels wrong then it is wrong,” the police chief cautioned.
Julie Kelley, 59, of Steuben was uninjured in a Route 1 crash triggered by a deer running in front of her 2022 Cadillac SUV near the Pond Road last Friday, July 29. The deer appeared to have died upon impact. The vehicle sustained significant front-end damage and was towed from the scene by H.C. Rolfe & Sons. Chief McNulty handled the accident.
Driving like gentlemen
Late last week, McNulty, Sgt. Adam Brackett and Officer Landan Scott monitored traffic and speed on Route 186 in South Gouldsboro and the Pond, Corea and West Bay roads. Numerous motorists were stopped and warned or cited for excessive speed. On West Bay Road, at 4 a.m. one of those days, the police chief said, “lobstermen were surprised [to see a police cruiser] and as a result drove like gentlemen.”