Wed, 18 Nov 2015
POLICE have issued advice to drivers on the A34 at Tot Hill, near Highclere, after a motorist was this week offered ‘gold’ for cash.
According to Hampshire Constabulary, the incident happened at around 1pm on Monday, (November 16), on the slip road connecting Tot Hill Services, near Highclere, with the southbound A34.
A woman said she was flagged down by a man who claimed his credit card was not working. He then offered her ‘gold’ in return for cash.
Previous scams that have been investigated have seen highly polished copper made to look like gold, which has then been offered in return for cash.
The man was described as of Middle Eastern origin, aged in his 30s and spoke German and English.
He was 5ft 4ins, of a chubby build and wore a red chequered shirt and a brown jacket.
His car was described as dark blue. Three other men were seen inside.
Anyone seen acting suspiciously in this way at the roadside should be reported to police, who have also asked for the vehicle registration number to be noted.
Any request for help suspected not to be genuine should be refused, especially a scam is suspected, and the incident reported immediately to police called immediately.
Anyone involved in a similar scam should also contact police as soon as possible.
Anyone with information about this incident should contact police on the non emergency number, 101, quoting 44150398276