SAVANNAH, GA (February 27, 2013): Metro Police are warning area residents about con artists offering to help motorists with non-existing mechanical problems.

Southside Precinct officers of the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department have been contacted by neighborhood watch members in the Windsor Forest area about a man who approaches drivers, mostly women, in parking lots as they are walking back to their vehicles.

He points to a collection of fluid near a wheel and advises that the brake fluid is leaking and he knows how to repair it to avoid and accident. He asks for money to purchase the part and returns to “repair” the wheel. He charges $18.

The man was described as a white male in his 50s with short brown hair, baseball cap, grey jacket and blue pants and approximately 5-8 and 185 pounds.

One woman who encountered the man in the parking lot of a drug store on Abercorn Street had the work checked at her garage later and was told the car had no problem and nothing had been replaced.

Police advise residents approached in such a manner to contact them immediately and before agreeing to any repairs.