Drivers warned of lay-by conman scam

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Police have warned drivers to beware of conmen stopping them at the side of the road and asking for money.

Officers have received several reports in Rutland and Leicestershire of motorists being approached in lay-bys by men claiming they had run out of fuel and didn’t have any cash to pay for more.

During the incidents the men asked for money in exchange for gold jewellery, which turned out to be fake.

Different vehicles have been used by the conmen on each occasion.

PC Steve Morley said: “The men sound very plausible and assured the victims that they 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 information on the conmen is asked to contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.