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Police warn of conman targeting retail parks

Police are urging people to be wary of scammers approaching people in cars near retail outlets.

UK Policemen

There have been up to four reported incidents involving a man approaching people in cars outside shops in the Livingstone area, claiming to be selling items. The man has been asking drivers if they are interested in buying products such as tobacco or televisions. As soon as the drivers show an interest, the fraudster asked them to drive to where the items are stored.

Victims have been asked to pay upfront for the items, before the scammer gets out of the car to collect the goods. The scammer never returns. So far, the man has come away with sums of up to £200 cash each time.

People across the UK should be wary of unsolicited approaches by people selling goods. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Read more about the retail park scam on the Lothians and Border Police website.

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See also:
Bogus tradesmen fraud
Shopping fraud

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