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Yakima Couple Warn Others About Automotive Scammer

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YAKIMA, Wash-- A couple fell victim to a scammer, now they're speaking-out to warn others. Robert Tate and Linda Darvell are both disabled, they are afraid the man who scammed them may be targeting people with disabilities.

A man going by the name of Robert Silvia offered to do mechanical work on their van.
He asked for $50 for parts, he came back the next day saying he needed more money. That's when Tate and Darvell knew something was wrong.

"There's a good chance he might be targeting the handicapped and we want to make sure people on a fixed income, even if it's just $50 can't afford to lose $50 dollars," said Robert Tate.

The scammer gave the couple a receipt with a contact number. They haven't been able to reach him and they don't think he gave them his real name.

Tate said the scammer may have seen the handicap plates on his vehicles. The couple said they don't expect to get their money back, they just want others to be more cautious.