The Balsall Common Village Residents Association has released details of a recent incident suffered by an elderly lady as she attempted to drive out of the CoOp Car Park, with an appeal for residents to spread the word as widely as possible.
The lady involved was about to leave the car park, when a man banged on her car then promptly accused her of
badly damaging his vehicle. When she looked at his ageing car, she could see a substantial dent, whilst an examination of her own car revealed no damage.
The man said that he didn’t want to make a claim via insurance, insisting he would instead get an estimate from a friend and have it repaired privately. The man’s son, also in attendance, is said to have been particularly abusive.
Nervous of her situation, alone, with no-one else present in the car park, the lady handed over her telephone number and address, before refusing to loan his pen so that she could collect similar details. The man telephoned the following day to say the estimate was £350, but that he would accept £150 cash, further stating that he would arrive early evening to collect.
Before failing to show as expected, the lady had the presence of mind to report the matter to the police.
Their advice was that if he made further contact, she should inform him that she had reported the incident, was not going to pay and if he wished to pursue the matter, he must do so via his insurance company. If he proved abusive, she was not to let him in and to dial 999. Fortunately, the fact she lives in sheltered accommodation, with a security entrance, may have put the scam artist off attempting to make good on his visit.
Clearly, all the evidence points to a ‘try-on’ with a vulnerable lady.
Please be on your guard and share the details of this incident as widely as possible, in the interests of public safety.