Police are advising drivers to be vigilant and not fall prey to a scam involving an apparent broken down vehicle.
Whilst driving, the victim is flagged down by a man (or men) next to a broken down vehicle. The man then states that he needs money to get petrol.
As payment, the man offers the victim one to three “gold” rings and may also provide a business card suggesting links to Berlin, Germany or Glasgow, Scotland. The amount of cash taken is between £20 and £300 however, the rings are worthless and definitely not precious.
Offences are occurring on ‘A’ roads and slip roads at major junctions in the South of England. All suspects are described as male and with dark hair. The description of the “broken down” vehicle varies. The offenders seem to target men over the age of 55.
Police are advising the public not to accept jewellery as payment and report any attempts of fraud to the Action Fraud 0300 123 2040 or use the Action Fraud Reporting Tool on the Action Fraud website at www.actionfraud.police.uk