Something Shady about Prime Gas Station Fitchburg, MA

My mother-in-law Gerene told me this interesting story about a week ago. It’s the kind of story that I responded with…”Oh, I have to blog about that!” So here goes.

To set the scene, my mother-in-law is a cute, petite white haired grandmother who drives a taupe Toyota, Camry.

primeIt was just a regular week day when she stopped into the Prime Gas Station on Lunenburg Street in Fitchburg, MA. She asked the attendant to fill ‘er up. Upon filling the tank, the attendant then approached her window and with a very concerned look on his face told her that she had a possible leak in her gas tank. He asked her to get out and take a look. Apparently, the attendant had spilled some gas on the ground to make it look like she had a leak somewhere. That is all he showed her. He kept asking her in broken English, “You have mechanic? You need mechanic to fix this! Is very dangerous.”

She was alarmed of course, but knew better than to make arrangements to have her car checked by this individual. So, she told him she had a mechanic and drove off. She stopped at another gas station (I believe) and told another attendant her story.  He looked quick-like and told her that there was no leak. Of course later, in her garage, where her car sat for hours, there was no gas leak left behind.

So, this is just a friendly public service announcement. Be wary of this particular Prime Gas Station. It’s been my experience that they tend to have the lowest gas prices. If they can’t convince you to turn your car over to their mechanic, they may just try to compromise your credit card.

Gerene wrote to me in an email. “I went for my haircut this morning; I was telling her about my scam at Prime Gas. Some of her customers have had their credit cards compromised.  Another reason not to go there.”

I happened to be doing a search for images of Prime Gas station when I stumbled upon this video by DaTechGuyBlog. This is the actual gas station in question. Ironically enough, there was an explosion at the Victory Auto Parts (which is right next door to this gas station) that occurred two weeks ago. In this video the Prime gas station attendant is trying to explain what happened.

I am not saying that this was the attendant that told my mother-in-law that she had a leak in her gas tank. But could it have been? Oh yes.  Will I be sending her a link to the video and asking her? Oh yes. Better yet, I will just send her a link to this post and update it once she has had a chance to view it.

It really doesn’t matter who tried to scam my mother-in-law, it’s deceitful and unethical and happened right there! Something should be done about it. I guess the first step is to make people aware of it.

So what would you do? Who do you file a complaint with? The BBB? How about the police?



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Kristi Maloney is a work from home mom to two boys ages 10 and 13. Since 2009, she has featured in-depth product, and book reviews and hosted high-quality, exciting giveaways on her blog Moms Own Words. When she is not blogging, you can find her working at her son’s school, or behind the wheel of her car in the roll of “taxi driver”. Email at maloney(dot)Kristi@gmail(dot)com.

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  1. says

    At least the word is getting out that something fishy is going on. That’s always the first step to bringing an end to it…and then it’s just a matter of time. Big congrats to your mother-in-law for being and acting smart.

  2. Karen Glatt says

    I am so glad that your mother-in-law did not get scammed by this gas station. I would never go back there and try to go to the police department and see if something can be done, so no one else gets victimized. My sister has gone to mechanics and got ripped off in the past. Now when we need work done on our car, we make sure to get more than one estimate. I think women are more apt to get ripped off by mechanics than men.

  3. kristi maloney says

    Women are more apt to get ripped off for sure. We are at their mercy, because we don’t know how to troubleshoot cars. I am lucky that Grant fixes cars. I can’t remember the last time I had to deal with a mechanic!

  4. kristi maloney says

    Yeah, Jane. I would definitely be concerned about my credit card! I always use it for gas!

  5. Teresa Young says

    Yikes! Do you have a local TV station that does consumer reporting? Maybe they would be interested in this story.

  6. Ari says

    Wow, that would make me feel very skeevy! I’m not familiar with having assistants fill up my gas tank, so that process itself would be very strange to me. But regardless, I think that the management at the gas station needs to know that this is not legal behavior shown by an employee, and some kind of agency (I’m guessing the BBB) should also be told so that someone can at least be making recorded instances if this is happening frequently! I don’t know if I would feel comfortable going back to that gas station again. Now I’m curious as to what your mother-in-law has to say about that video!

  7. says

    How scary is that? I would have been scared out of my mind if the attendant told me that, too, but luckily she had the foresight to get the heck out of there and get a second opinion. I wonder how many other little old ladies they’ve pulled this on?

  8. kristi maloney says

    I spoke with Gerene this morning. She said that was the guy that was there, along with a a heavy-set guy.

    I found this online from the 15th Circuit Court District Consumer Attorney.
    20 Ways to Avoid Being Swindled.
    Note # 7

    Have your car checked by a trustworthy mechanic before you travel. Get several estimates for any repairs. Try not to leave your car unattended in an out-of-town service station. For example, a dishonest attendant could “rig” a mechanical problem, then cheat you for unnecessary repairs.

  9. Vickie Couturier says

    wow,I have family that live close to there an we pass thru there when traveling from TN to VT,,so thats very scary

  10. Maria Iemma says

    We all need to be aware that some people out there do not care how they make their money. Scamming on the elderly is very common

  11. shelly peterson says

    I’m not from that area at all but Its good your getting the word out about this. We dont have gas attendants here where I live. It’s pretty sad tha tthis stuff goes on in our Country today.

  12. Debra F says

    I’m so glad your Mom didn’t fall for this scam. How sad when you can’t even trust the gas station. I wonder what the manager of the station would say about this? Or possibly was he the manager??? We haven’t had gas station attendants in our area for years and years.

  13. Blessie Nelson says

    Wow! So was it this man after you showed the video to your mom? People have no principles anymore.

  14. Jeanine says

    Getting the word out there is a good thing to do. If we all let each other know when things like this occur, they won’t be able to hoodwink good hard working folks out of their money!

  15. Sherri Lewis says

    Getting the word out will definitely help keep others from getting scammed from them. It seems like people like that think women are easy prey…

  16. says

    Wow. I’ll have to tell my husband about this. He’s a salesman who travels all over MA. Thanks for the heads up!

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