Police alert as conmen target innocent flood victims

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Conmen are preying on innocent victims of Hampshire’s floods, police have revealed.

Today officers have warned residents not to fall for tricksters who are using the floods to scam for cash.

The criminals are reported to be targeting drivers in the New Forest with a car towing scam.

Hampshire constabulary say that they have had reports of conmen removing the ‘road closed’ signs flood areas.

They are then offering to tow stricken motorists out of floodwater with a 4x4 vehicle for a charge of at least £30.

Now police are urging people to avoid driving through floodwater, to prevent them becoming a victim of this scam.

Anyone with any information is asked to call Hampshire police on 101.

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8:37pm Sat 15 Feb 14

Linesman says...

Conmen target innocent flood victims.

Seeing that headline, I thought it was a report about Cameron's visit to Somerset.
Conmen target innocent flood victims. Seeing that headline, I thought it was a report about Cameron's visit to Somerset. Linesman
  • Score: 8

10:02pm Sat 15 Feb 14

derek james says...

this wouldn't be a problem if there was a police or other official presence to monitor the situation, too often the signs are left in place for days after the water has subsided
this wouldn't be a problem if there was a police or other official presence to monitor the situation, too often the signs are left in place for days after the water has subsided derek james
  • Score: -6

1:02am Sun 16 Feb 14

Tallship says...

So the police know it is happening. I guess the people who have reported the scam know where it is happening and details of one vehicle involved. The police should go in an unmarked car and check it out then arrest those involved.
So the police know it is happening. I guess the people who have reported the scam know where it is happening and details of one vehicle involved. The police should go in an unmarked car and check it out then arrest those involved. Tallship
  • Score: 1

10:05am Sun 16 Feb 14

egghead65 says...

what have they done wrong then.offering a service for money.isnt that what the police do.wheres the con.light the match and we are off,go dinlos
what have they done wrong then.offering a service for money.isnt that what the police do.wheres the con.light the match and we are off,go dinlos egghead65
  • Score: -2

11:42am Sun 16 Feb 14

andysaints007 says...

Linesman wrote:
Conmen target innocent flood victims.

Seeing that headline, I thought it was a report about Cameron's visit to Somerset.
No it was Millibands visit to Staines
[quote][p][bold]Linesman[/bold] wrote: Conmen target innocent flood victims. Seeing that headline, I thought it was a report about Cameron's visit to Somerset.[/p][/quote]No it was Millibands visit to Staines andysaints007
  • Score: 0

1:17pm Sun 16 Feb 14

Tallship says...

egghead65 wrote:
what have they done wrong then.offering a service for money.isnt that what the police do.wheres the con.light the match and we are off,go dinlos
These 'people' are said to be removing "Road Closed" signs were the roads are flooded. Then waiting for cars to get stuck and then offering to pull them out for a fee. That's the Scam.
[quote][p][bold]egghead65[/bold] wrote: what have they done wrong then.offering a service for money.isnt that what the police do.wheres the con.light the match and we are off,go dinlos[/p][/quote]These 'people' are said to be removing "Road Closed" signs were the roads are flooded. Then waiting for cars to get stuck and then offering to pull them out for a fee. That's the Scam. Tallship
  • Score: 1

2:10pm Sun 16 Feb 14

100%HANTSBOY says...

Tallship wrote:
egghead65 wrote:
what have they done wrong then.offering a service for money.isnt that what the police do.wheres the con.light the match and we are off,go dinlos
These 'people' are said to be removing "Road Closed" signs were the roads are flooded. Then waiting for cars to get stuck and then offering to pull them out for a fee. That's the Scam.
You shouldn't reply to this lame troll
[quote][p][bold]Tallship[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]egghead65[/bold] wrote: what have they done wrong then.offering a service for money.isnt that what the police do.wheres the con.light the match and we are off,go dinlos[/p][/quote]These 'people' are said to be removing "Road Closed" signs were the roads are flooded. Then waiting for cars to get stuck and then offering to pull them out for a fee. That's the Scam.[/p][/quote]You shouldn't reply to this lame troll 100%HANTSBOY
  • Score: 0

6:52pm Sun 16 Feb 14

Zexagon says...

egghead65 wrote:
what have they done wrong then.offering a service for money.isnt that what the police do.wheres the con.light the match and we are off,go dinlos
Talking of dinlows
[quote][p][bold]egghead65[/bold] wrote: what have they done wrong then.offering a service for money.isnt that what the police do.wheres the con.light the match and we are off,go dinlos[/p][/quote]Talking of dinlows Zexagon
  • Score: 1

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