[rurallife] Fw: Surrey Police: Driver targeted by scam in Lightwater

  • From: "Sylvia McQuire" <s.mcquire@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
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  • Date: Tue, 12 Feb 2013 21:58:36 -0000

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From: Jacqueline Cottingham 
To: s.mcquire@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx 
Sent: Tuesday, February 12, 2013 5:52 PM
Subject: Surrey Police: Driver targeted by scam in Lightwater

            Surrey Police is investigating after a female driver was flagged 
down and asked to hand over cash in Lightwater yesterday afternoon (11 

            The woman was travelling along Guildford Road from Lightwater 
towards Guildford when she was flagged down by a man standing in a lay-by next 
to a red car. The man, who is described as European, told her he did not have 
any money to feed his family and asked her for some cash.

            Police are linking this incident to a number of reported offences 
on 22 January and 3 February near the junctions of the M3 motorway in which 
drivers were flagged down and asked to hand over cash.

            Two incidents happened on Tuesday, 22 January when a man stopped 
cars on the entry slips at junction 3 and 4 of the M3. The bogus driver claimed 
he had run out of petrol and needed cash to buy some. 

            The main suspect is described as an Asian man, in his thirties, of 
slim build with dark hair. He was wearing a dark grey suit and spoke with what 
is believed to be a French accent. The second man seen to approach a car is 
described as being slightly fat, aged between 30 and 40-years-old and was 
wearing jeans and a dark coloured jumper.

            A further suspicious incident was reported on Sunday, 3 February in 
which a lone man was trying to flag down vehicles on the London bound 
carriageway at junction 4 of the M3. 

            Investigating officer Detective Sergeant Chris Greatorex said: "I 
would urge motorists to be aware of this suspicious activity and to ensure they 
are not caught out by these con men. If you see a lone person flagging you down 
on a slip road do not stop but call police when you are able. Anyone in real 
difficulty would be able to use the emergency telephones on the hard shoulder.

            "This is a scam which plays on the vulnerability of lone drivers 
and is an activity which has been seen nationally. If you have fallen prey to 
these callous fraudsters please contact Surrey Police with details and help us 
bring these offenders to justice.”

            Anyone with information is asked to call Surrey Police on 101 
quoting reference P13043104. Alternatively the independent charity 
Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111.

      If you need to contact us in the meantime, you can reach us on 

      Email: 11265@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
      Tel: 101      

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