Warning over scam drivers in Sussex and Hampshire

POLICE are warning drivers about a series of scams on roadsides around Hampshire and Sussex.

Chichester district police received one report this week of a potential road-side scam in the Kirdford area.

Between October 1, 2012, and February 16, 2013, Hampshire Constabulary received 65 reports of such incidents on highways across the county.

The suspects 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 Hampshire police, motorists were conned out of cash on 11 occasions. The amounts of cash vary from £10 up to £200 on one occasion.

A message, posted on the Chichester Police Facebook page, said: “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.”