Sarkis (Sam) Wardan and Burwood Collision Repairs / Burwood Smash Repairs
Day 1- Police supervise recovery of customer's held
vehicle Day 2 - another
visit by police called in by another client.
Sarkis Wardan, who calls
himself Sam, is a racidifist serial conman, liar and compulsive
fraudster and thief, with an almost unbelievable nerve to simply steal
things and sell them as if they were his own.
Our investigations over several days revealed that his main method of
operating is to sell vehicles taken to his panel shop for repair work
by advertising them on Gum Tree and pocketing the money while putting
off the owner with any number of excuses as to why their car has not
Over a three day period our investigator met a dozen or so different
people all waiting to met Wardan at his panel shop on Parramatta Rd
near the corner of Burwood Rd. All had similar stories. One for
example, had purchased a car from one of Wardan's advertisements on Gum
Tree. He had paid Wardan $2000 in cash but was given an excuse that the
car was not ready for pickup on the day appointed. Some three months
later, and there's no sign of the car, and Wardan is not at the panel
shop. He rarely is, eluding clients by slipping out the back way. We
spoke with another client whose vehicle had been taken to Wardans for
repairs some four months prior, and there was no sign of the vehicle
anywhere. Another young man's car was in the yard but Wardan refused to
allow him to have it towed away. This followed numerous changes in
repair quotes to a point where they exceeded the vehicle's value.
Wardan then tried to extort money for storage. The young man had the
sense to call police who arrived soon afterwards. One of Wardan's
employees then opened the always-locked gates and allowed a tow truck
in to recover the vehicle.
Waiting in the wings was a car rental company from whom Wardan had
apparently rented a vehicle and not returned it after the rental period
had expired. Follow-up has revealed that they were able to retrieve the
car but not the payment owed and promised, nearly a thousand dollars.
Wardan has been convicted of fraud in the past and has had at least two
stints in jail. His former private address is in Desmond Street,
Merrylands but our investigations reveal that he has not lived there
for a year or so,
and his usual work phone number is 02 9715 5911. This number is
frequently diverted to a mobile number which he keeps secret. Other
numbers we have are 02 9747 5970 and another mobile 0424 248 258
is also in possession of a vehicle he has stolen while it was in his
panel shop and both he and the vehicle are unable to be located. If
anyone knows his whereabouts or has a problem with this man, please
call Burwood Police (Detectives) on 02 9745 8499 or contact Wikifrauds.