Police warn of 'petrol-seeking' conmen

WATCH out. That’s the advice from police who have seen an old scam return to the streets of Bournemouth.

Officers in Winton have asked members of the public to be on their guard against conmen who claim to be desperately in need of petrol for their cars and ask for money.

In each case they offer to sell allegedly valuable watches to their victims or to leave watches as security for cash.

But the watches are cheap imports and virtually worthless and the victims have not seen the tricksters since.

Sergeant Steve Houston of Dorset Police said one elderly man in his 70s was approached but did not hand over any cash.

Another parted with £35 after being convinced the watches were valuable.

“Do not fall for it” he said.

“Be aware of what you are getting yourself into – if something looks too good to be true it usually is.

“This is a regular scam. We don’t want people to hand over good money for shoddy, cheap, imported watches.”

Sgt Houston said one offender was described as a young man, possibly Italian, driving a small, blue car. He initially attracted the attention of his victim by asking for directions.

Any other victims or those with information are asked to call Dorset Police on 101 or the free and anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111.

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11:04am Thu 31 Jan 13

rozmister says...

Had this in Bournemouth about a month and a half ago. A guy outside Moon In The Square telling me he needed money to get home, about £30, because his car had run out.

I said no and left it. I can't afford to put petrol in my own car sometimes I'm not going to fund it in someone else's car and take the risk they might not return my money!
Had this in Bournemouth about a month and a half ago. A guy outside Moon In The Square telling me he needed money to get home, about £30, because his car had run out. I said no and left it. I can't afford to put petrol in my own car sometimes I'm not going to fund it in someone else's car and take the risk they might not return my money! rozmister

11:07am Thu 31 Jan 13

The Renegade Master says...

More like "give me some cash I need another drugs fix." Ignore anyone who asks you for cash or at least use some common sense. If the person asking you looks dodgy they invariably are!
More like "give me some cash I need another drugs fix." Ignore anyone who asks you for cash or at least use some common sense. If the person asking you looks dodgy they invariably are! The Renegade Master

2:32pm Thu 31 Jan 13

oldgiraffe says...

I reported similar incidents in TESCO Fleetsbridge and Broadstone parade with photos of the Italian's car but the police said report it to Trading Standards and Trading Standards said report it to the Police. So what's the point of dialling 101 as suggested in the article?
I reported similar incidents in TESCO Fleetsbridge and Broadstone parade with photos of the Italian's car but the police said report it to Trading Standards and Trading Standards said report it to the Police. So what's the point of dialling 101 as suggested in the article? oldgiraffe

7:42pm Thu 31 Jan 13

baxtar01 says...

OMGOSH!
Do people really fall for these scams or are they just naive and gullible?
I think these people need to watch 'The Real Hustle'. once you see how easy it is to scam people you might not be so naive or gullible.
OMGOSH! Do people really fall for these scams or are they just naive and gullible? I think these people need to watch 'The Real Hustle'. once you see how easy it is to scam people you might not be so naive or gullible. baxtar01

11:22am Fri 1 Feb 13

scrumpyjack says...

The Renegade Master wrote:
More like "give me some cash I need another drugs fix." Ignore anyone who asks you for cash or at least use some common sense. If the person asking you looks dodgy they invariably are!
described as a young man, possibly Italian, driving a small, blue car

Well dodgy. Young. Driving a blue, yes blue, car.
[quote][p][bold]The Renegade Master[/bold] wrote: More like "give me some cash I need another drugs fix." Ignore anyone who asks you for cash or at least use some common sense. If the person asking you looks dodgy they invariably are![/p][/quote]described as a young man, possibly Italian, driving a small, blue car Well dodgy. Young. Driving a blue, yes blue, car. scrumpyjack

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