Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Beware the fake 'jewels for fuel''s here!

Gangs operating a dispicable scam are fleecing kind-hearted motorists in Lincolnshire.

Five Romanians have already been arrested and one charged with fraud - but Lincs Police are warning motorists that more than one gang is operating in the county.

Over the past few days, Lincs Police have investigated more than a dozen cases of people parting with cash in exchange for ‘gold’ rings and necklaces that turn out to be poor quality fakes.

The scam plays on people's natural desire to help those in need: Motorists have pulled over, or been flagged down, to help a group of people whose vehicle has apparently broken down.

A member of the group then asks for cash to buy fuel and offers gold jewellery in exchange.

There have also been reports of people at petrol stations and supermarkets in the city, trying to off-load the jewellery onto unwitting motorists.

So far all the incidents reported are in the Lincoln area.

But police are warning motorists to be on their guard as more than one gang is operating the scam.

The five arrests were made after when two officers in plain clothes and an unmarked car stopped to speak to the occupants of a parked black Audi estate with its bonnet raised on the A15 north of Lincoln. One of them was charged with two counts of fraud by false representation.

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