A holidaymaker returned to find the car she left with a meet and greet service had been taken on a drive for hundreds of miles.
The woman - whose name has not been shared - booked a parking space with a valet service she wrongly thought was connected to Manchester Airport.
After spending some time abroad, she returned to find hundreds of miles she couldn't have driven racked up on her mileage gauge.
But this unlucky holidaymaker was not the first, and there have been six separate reports of similar incidents involving meet-and-greet parking firms, Liverpool Echo reports.
These companies are said to claim association with the busy transport hub to deceive customers.
In another case, a holidaymaker came home to find her car in the hands of the police after a driver was pinched without insurance.
In another case, an owner returned to find their car was hundreds of miles away in Northamptonshire though they were told it was securely tucked away in a local car park.
Cheshire Police has urged the public to be aware of fraudulent meet and greet companies operating close to the airport.
Police Constable Jaspreet Kaur, of Macclesfield Local Policing Unit, said: “We are looking into these reports and our enquiries are ongoing. We are working closely with the local Trading Standards team to establish the full circumstances of what has happened.
"I’d urge anyone who has had a similar experience in Cheshire to get in touch.
“I’d also urge motorists using meet and greet services to remain cautious, check company reviews and make sure they only use reputable companies.
“It’s important that you read the full terms and conditions before signing any contracts and take a photograph of your current mileage before handing over your vehicle.”
A spokesperson for Manchester Airport said: “We are disappointed to hear that certain unscrupulous third-party parking operators are misleading customers in this way. These providers are in no way connected to Manchester Airport and we would always recommend customers do their research into a company before handing their keys over.
“As well as Manchester Airport’s own parking products, there are a number of reputable providers in the area and we encourage customers to use initiatives such as Park Mark and the government-backed Buy with Confidence scheme to find one that has undergone a series of detailed checks and is committed to trading fairly.
“We will continue to support the police and our neighbouring councils’ trading standards teams in doing all we can to raise awareness and tackle this issue.”
Anyone with any information in relation to the incidents, or anyone who believes that they may have been a victim, is asked to call Cheshire police on 101 or visit www.cheshire.police.uk/ro/report.Read More Read More