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  • 5 February 2014, 3:27

M4 Conman Targets Drivers In Motorway Scam

An elaborate motorway fraud in which good samaritans have been conned out of hundreds of pounds is being investigated by police.

Drivers who stopped to help a man posing as a stranded motorist have been targeted in the scam on the M4 in Wiltshire.

The conman carries a green fuel can and is believed to stand on various slip roads between Junction 19 of the M4 where it meets the M32, and Junction 15 at theA419 Swindon turn-off.

Claiming his vehicle has broken down elsewhere after running out of fuel, he asks for a lift to the nearest service station, mainly Leigh Delamere or Membury.

While on route he pretends to take a call from the Highways Agency or police who need his car to be moved at a cost of around 800.

Those giving him a lift have then offered to help out towards the cost.

Once dropped at the services they never hear from him again.

To date it is believed the offender has been able to scam hundreds of pounds from victims.

Officers are keen to hear from anyone who may have been targeted in similar circumstances, or who has any information about the fraud.

People with information are asked to contact Detective Sergeant Chris Feerick in Melksham on 101 or phone Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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