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Rental car scams in Italy

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Several months ago I read on a Travel Forum (can't remember if it was this one or not) about rental car scams in northern Italy. From memory, I think the offending company was Europcar, and it concerned charges for damage/repairs etc appearing on customers' credit cards sometime after the hire had concluded. Does anyone recall this?

I have just returned from northern Italy to a similar experience. 2-3 weeks after returning a Hertz car (hired in Milan, returned to Venice) a bill arrived in the mail informing me that 45 euros had been charged direct to my credit card for "parking charges". No details of place, date, or time. It's too large an amount to be explained by simply failing to feed a parking meter, and anyway we were meticulous about paying parking fees so as to avoid exactly this kind of after-trip surprise. Once we parked in a public parking building overnight in Verona for 22 euros (we paid that!), so 45 euros has to be a full 24 hours parking at least - not something we would very easily forget or overlook! In fact our only really long term parking was in hotel car parks where we were staying, and these were either free or paid for on check-out.

We can only conclude that it's a scam. We've emailed Hertz for an explanation, but how much co-operation they'll get from a branch in Italy we don't know. Has anyone else had this sort of thing happen, and did it get resolved OK?

Thanks...

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