JAMESTOWN – A scammer is posing as a business south of Jamestown and even created a website that includes high-end vehicles in an attempt to scam customers out of money.
Dennis Michel, co-owner of Michel’s Auto Sales & Parts, started receiving calls on March 8 about vehicles such as a Tesla. He said he received about 50 calls.
“The texts were absolutely crazy,” he said.
If I would have looked at this website, I would have never guessed that this was a scammer’s website
Chief Deputy Jason Falk, detective, Stutsman County Sheriff’s Office
The fake website – michelautosales.com – includes high-end vehicles such as a Porsche, Bentley and Ferrari. The website lists two phone numbers with the North Dakota area code, and one number has the same last four digits as Michel’s Auto Sales & Parts. The address listed on the website is the same as the Jamestown business, but Michel did not have a website for his business.
“Of course, it’s probably devastating to a person’s business,” Michel said. “They are using your name, they are using your residence, they are using your business, and it just is not right. They shouldn’t be able to get by with that.”