Pete Farrigan of UCS Auto has been scamming good honest people out of $500 for years with the promise of an opportunity selling automobiles at a high end dealership. He preys on the unemployed (individuals that are down on their luck and having a weak and desperate moment) in hopes that he will collect their $500 and then hit the road before anyone realizes they have been scammed. This is why he makes it difficult to track him down with no physical address.
This time he aligned himself with a high end-well known dealership in Chicago-land,
Bill Jacobs BMW, Land Rover, VW and Mini.
The process starts with a cattle call after an attractive classified add in the Chicago Tribune says they have 15 openings. Upon the initial interview it appears that Pete is an employee of the dealership ( Bill Jacobs) as they are the ones collecting the applications. You are sitting in their state of the art dealership with a glass conference room overlooking the BMW showroom floor. Upon making the cut you are asked to return for a 3 day training program that is being held in the same beautiful conference room (at Bill Jacobs).
During a challenging and entertaining sales training program you are continually reminded that you too can prosper in high end automobile sales. He does this by telling compelling stories that paint a picture of your future success working for Bill Jacobs high end dealerships.
During the program it is never revealed to you that Pete is a hired gun (consultant) that is making his money from you the prospect. He only represents himself as a consultant on the last day (prior to the real interviews) when asking for the "$500 Fee" to proceed, thus guaranteeing that you will receive a job offer. He will only accept cash or a money order, no personal checks.
He also says that their is no risk because the dealership (in this case Bill Jacobs) will refund your money with interest after 90 days ($629 to be exact).
This is where it gets interesting. Everyone should have questioned the trainers/dealerships ethics at this point. I am embarrassed to say that I (a college educated person with 30 years of business experience) fell for the scam. Mainly because I am a trusting person that usually gives people the benefit of the doubt, but more importantly because Bill Jacobs name was behind it.
Never questioning the separation between hired consultant and the well known dealer I handed over the money.
I for one will now never trust an automobile dealership (the least trusted industry in the world) for good reasons. I will also make it my personal mission to communicate this story to the masses so that others will not be taken advantage of in the future.