SCAMMERS are targeting drivers at the sides of roads across Hampshire and conning them out of money.

Hampshire police are warning people to be vigilant after 65 separate incidents on highways and motorways in just a couple of months.

In most cases motorists are flagged down by someone stood at the side of a road claiming they have ran out of fuel.

They then tell the driver they have no cash or have lost or left their wallet - and offer what they say is gold jewellery and sometimes a watch in exchange for money.

Since the scam was first reported to police in October last year, 11 drivers have been conned out of cash with amounts varying from £10 to up to £200 on one occasion.

Conmen have targeted motorists on the M3, M27 and A303.

Detective Superintendent Paul Barton said: “It seems the offenders in these cases are preying on the good nature of their victims. Sadly, some people willingly handed over cash thinking the offer would benefit them.

“However the gold is fake, often highly polished copper made to look like gold. The goods they offer are practically worthless.

“Thankfully, in the majority of reports we've heard about, the people contacting us did not take up the offer and were not duped.

“Tackling and disrupting organised crime is a priority for the force and it's believed that the offenders are involved in such groups operating across the country.

“I hope the actions of these few criminals do not dissuade people from offering help at the side of the road to others who genuinely need it.”

Police are advising drivers who spot anyone acting suspiciously at the roadside to call them immediately on 101 and if possible note down their vehicle registration number.

Road Instances
B3420 WINCHESTER 1
SOUTHWOOD ROAD FARNBOROUGH 1
A287 NORTH WARNBOROUGH 3
A287 ODIHAM 1
A30 SUTTON SCOTNEY 1
A30 YATELEY 1
A303 DUMMER, BASINGSTOKE 1
A303 SUTTON SCOTNEY 1
A3057 STOCKBRIDGE 1
A3093 PICKET TWENTY, ANDOVER 1
A34 KINGS WORTHY, 1
A34 LITCHFIELD, WHITCHURCH 1
A35 Ashhurst, NH05 1
B2070 BURITON, PETERSFIELD 1
B3349 SOUTH WARNBOROUGH 1
BASINGSTOKE 2
BLACKDAM ROUNDABOUT, A30 BASINGSTOKE 1
BROUGHTON ROAD CHATTIS HILL, STOCKBRIDGE 1
BULLINGTON LANE SUTTON SCOTNEY 2
DUKES ROAD GOSPORT 1
HEADLEY ROAD HINDHEAD 1
HOGS BACK SEALE 1
HOOK ROAD NORTH WARNBOROUGH 1
J10 M3 Chilcomb 1
J12B, M3 OTTERBOURNE 1
J9A, M27 FAREHAM 1
M27 HEDGE END 1
M27 PARK GATE 1
M27 SEGENSWORTH 1
M3 BASINGSTOKE, (J6) 3
M3 Chilcomb 1
M3 Chilworth 1
M3 FARNBOROUGH 4
M3 HOOK 1
M3 HOOK COMMON 1
M3 KEMPSHOTT 1
M3 OLD BASING 1
M3 OTTERBOURNE 1
M3 SOUTHAMPTON 1
M3 WINCHESTER 1
Middle Park Way, HAVANT 1
off M27 1
OWER ROUNDABOUT, A36 OWER 2
QUEEN ELIZABETH COUNTRY PARK 2
ROMSEY ROAD WINCHESTER 1
Shorefield Road, Downton - NL02 1
Street off A31 RINGWOOD 1
Tidworth / Wilts 1
TOT HILL SERVICES, A34 BURGHCLERE 2
WALWORTH IND EST, PILGRIMS WAY ANDOVER 1
WELLINGTON AVENUE ALDERSHOT 1
WINCHESTER ROAD ANDOVER 1
WINCHESTER ROAD TWYFORD 1