Police advice for motorists following gold ring scam
POLICE are warning motorists to be wary if they are flagged down by the passengers of a vehicle which has reportedly run out of fuel.
Over the past few months, a number of incidents have been reported to police across Warwickshire and West Mercia policing areas, where motorists have been stopped and asked for money.
It's reported that the group typically flag down passing motorists on motorway sliproads, tell them a hard-luck story and then explain that their car is out of petrol.
The offender will then ask the motorist for cash, but will hand them over a gold ring, believed to be fake, as a means of security until they can pay the victim back.
The victims are also given business cards which include fake contact details, so they have no means of getting in contact with the offenders.
PC Chris Bradley who is currently seconded to CMPG (Central Motorway Policing Group) said: "If motorists do find themselves in this situation, they should contact the police immediately, and also try to obtain the registration number of the vehicle the offenders are using.
"We have recently made three arrests in relation to an incident of this nature, but we believe this is part of a nationwide scheme with a number of perpetrators involved.
"While I do not want discourage anyone for helping someone in need, please be vigilant."
If you have been a victim of this offence or have any further information that could help police with their enquiries, please call PC Chris Bradley or PC John Martin at West Mercia Police on 101.