Jan 30, 2013

Bottesford NHW Alert: Door to Door Sellers (Bagmen) / Police Issue Warning After Two Motorists Were the Victims of a Scam


Door to Door Sellers (Bagmen)

Police have asked for assistance identifying door to door sellers so that they can be checked out. These are the sellers who knock at the door with a large bag of small value items that they try and sell, typically dusters or other cleaning cloths. If you receive a call from such a seller please gather as much information about the caller as possible and after they leave inform the police using the 101 non-emergency number. Do not alert the caller to the fact that you have been asked to make a report. The police will need a description and current location of the seller. It would be especially helpful if they could be associated with a vehicle, in which case please make a note of the make, colour and registration number and include this information in your report to the police. If the control room question the need for the report please advise them that it has been requested by the local beat team.  

Leicestershire Police has issued a warning to the public after two motorists were the victims of a scam.

Police have received two reports of motorists travelling on the M69 being approached in a layby at junction 2 by a man who claimed he had ran out of fuel and didn’t have any cash to pay for more. During both incidents he asked for money in exchange for some gold jewellery. Following the exchange the victims have checked the jewellery and realised it was not genuine.

During the first incident the man was driving a light blue vehicle and the second incident involved a red Vauxhall estate.

PC Steve Morley of the Force’s contact management centre, said: “The man sounded very plausible and assured the victims that he would get in touch the following day and return the money but gave them some gold jewellery in the meantime which wasn’t genuine. We would advise people to remain vigilant and if they are approached in similar circumstances to report the incident to the police including as much information as possible about the vehicle and the person who approached them.”

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Leicestershire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111.

John Shilton
Principal Coordinator
Bottesford Parish Neighbourhood Watch
Mob: 0772 5636626

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