Local police have issued a warning after motorists in Balsall Common found themselves the victim to a scam that’s doing the rounds nationally. The Meriden and Bickenhill Neighbourhood Policing Team has received reports of motorists travelling on the Kenilworth Road in Balsall Common and in the Meriden area, being approached by a man claiming to have run out of fuel, with no means to pay for more. He is said to have been driving a silver Toyota or Hyundai car.
The con artist offered jewellery as collateral in exchange for a money loan. Following the exchange the victims have discovered the jewellery to be fake.
Sgt Craig Hurst 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 Solihull Police on 101 or Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111.
Neighbourhood Sergeant 1711 West Midlands Police
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