This roadside scam is relatively rare but reoccurs in Surrey from time to time.
You’re driving along and see what looks like a broken down car and a person sitting or lying by the roadside. Many people will just drive by, but some will stop to help and that’s what the scammer is relying upon.
The scammers are generally male and well dressed – they want to look like businessmen and often pick busy roads or even motorways for this scam.
If you get out to help, then you find that the driver has simply run out of petrol and offers you his gold ring as collateral for a loan of some money to get petrol.
The ring or other proffered gold jewellery will be fake of course and your money will be gone.
The safe thing to do is keep on driving and if possible, report the incident to the Police so they can investigate if it is a genuine breakdown or a scammer.
Do not get caught out.
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