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Police guidance after scammers target drivers
7:28am Wednesday 27th February 2013 in News
Police have today issued guidelines to drivers after a spate of roadside scams across Hampshire.
It comes after at least 65 motorists were targeted by conmen on roads all over the county.
Now police have issued a series of guidelines to help track down the scammers and to keep drivers safe.
As reported yesterday the scammers generally operate in lay-bys on main routes and junctions, especially the M3, M27 and A303.
They attempt to flag down motorists, often claiming they are out of fuel. They state they have no cash or have lost or left their wallet elsewhere and will offer gold jewellery or, in some cases, a watch in exchange for money.
Of the 65 incidents reported to police, motorists were conned out of cash on 11 occasions.
The amounts of cash vary from £10 up to £200 on one occasion.
The police guidance is:
- If you spot anyone acting suspiciously in this way at the roadside, please call police immediately.
- If possible, please take down the registration number of the vehicle.
- If you suspect someone’s request for help isn’t genuine, don’t be afraid to refuse, especially if you think that person is trying to scam you, and call police immediately.
- If you have been a victim and haven’t yet come forward, please contact the police as soon as possible because you may be able to help with our enquiries and trace the people doing this.
- Anyone with information about these roadside scams in Hampshire or the Isle of Wight should contact police on 101 or 999 if you suspect a crime is in progress.