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Jetski rental scams on the rise

Posted at 11:10 PM, Nov 23, 2015
and last updated 2015-11-23 23:10:10-05
A Southwest Florida man is upset after he paid more than $4,000 to a company to fix his jet-ski only to find the business cleared out when he showed up to pick it up. 
 
The company left several jetskis and boats behind and unrepaired. 
 
Mark Fowler says he brought the jetski to LiquiFixx to get a new motor, paint job and a couple repairs. He gave them the money they asked for, but he says he kept getting the run-around. 
 
"There was one explanation after another, one problem after another that always drug it out. it went on for close to two and a half months," Fowler said. 
 
More than $4,000 later, Fowler said he had enough. He came in to the shop earlier this month, telling them they had three days to get the job done. When he showed up to pick them up he found the lot and the building empty and no one in sight. 
 
Fowler only knows their names were Dwayne and Sam. They disconnected their phone and took down their website. A man who maintains the property says the owners were evicted because they weren't paying the property owner. Fowler is frustrated they never contacted the owners of any of the jetskis. 
 
Four in Your Corner got on the phone with the property owner, who tells us he was burned by these guys, too. 
 
They weren't paying their rent and he says he has an attorney looking into it. 
 
Now, Folwer has advice for you he had to learn the hard way.
 
"You can't always trust a business on what it looks like. I've learned now you really have to know the people's names within the business you are trying to deal with," Fowler said.