Retail Business December 02, 2023

Scam Type

Retail Business Scam

Business Name Used


Date Reported

December 02, 2023

Postal Code


Total Dollars Lost

$ 190

Scam Description

I parked in a parking lot going to a community farmers market on Colley Avenue in Norfolk, VA. I was at the farmers market maybe 4-5 minutes. I come back and my car has been towed. They demanded I go to the gas station across the street to get $190 in cash or they will keep my car behind the locked gate. They would only accept cash. After I paid them, they refused to return my car to me until I showed them my license and registration even though I had the keys to my car in my hand. I suspect them of tax evasion, considering they would only accept cash and clearly had no bookkeeping system as he put the money directly in his pocket. Anytime there is a community event happening, they are hiding their tow trucks near by and waiting on people to park. Clearly predatory behavior and inappropriate for punishing people trying to support the community.

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