Watch out for cruel scam­mers

Hamilton Advertiser - - ON THE BEAT -

As you may have seen if you fol­low the La­nark­shire Po­lice Di­vi­sion Face­book page, La­nark­shire has been tar­geted in re­cent months by a team or teams of scam­mers.

Pri­mar­ily this scam is cen­tred round these teams ap­proach­ing mem­bers of the pub­lic in­di­cat­ing they have tele­vi­sions for sale, and in­di­cat­ing they can be bought at a muchre­duced price due to the fact they were ex-dis­play mod­els or for sim­i­larly be­liev­able rea­sons.

They tell peo­ple that they would be will­ing to sell one or more to them for a few hun­dred pounds. These scam­mers show work­ing, ap­par­ently good-qual­ity TVS to mem­bers of the pub­lic and hand over boxed ones once a deal is struck. Once they are later ex­am­ined prop­erly, the TVS are ei­ther dam­aged be­yond re­pair, or ac­tu­ally just a Tv-sized heavy chip­board which feels as though there is a TV in­side.

The tone of those in­volved is very friendly at the be­gin­ning and they may seem per­fectly gen­uine, of­fer­ing mo­bile num­bers to call them on, or ar­rang­ing to fol­low the per­son home so that they can col­lect the money from them. Quickly how­ever, these per­sons be­come in­tim­i­dat­ing on be­ing chal­lenged and a re­cent in­ci­dent led to some­one be­ing threat­ened.

They ap­pear to be work­ing from vans, nor­mally two males work­ing to­gether. They ap­pear at the mo­ment to be trav­el­ling around La­nark­shire, pri­mar­ily around the M74 cor­ri­dor. They have stopped at ser­vices such as Les­ma­hagow, Abing­ton, Both­well and at nearby petrol sta­tions and in­dus­trial es­tates. The car park of a large su­per­mar­ket in Les­ma­hagow has also been a pri­mary tar­get.

If these teams ap­proach you please do not en­gage fur­ther with them and in­stead call 101 with­out de­lay, giv­ing reg­is­tra­tion num­bers and your lo­ca­tion. Nu­mer­ous peo­ple have been duped with this scam and we are cur­rently in­ves­ti­gat­ing sev­eral re­ports. There may be more than one team of peo­ple do­ing this so please be on the alert and do not be tempted to buy one as you are very likely to be dis­ap­pointed.

In the last few days lo­cal of­fi­cers in Hamil­ton have re­ceived a re­port of a high-value camper van be­ing stolen from the Bon­ny­ton Lane area of Hamil­ton which oc­curred be­tween 4pm and 10pm on Novem­ber 1. If you have any in­for­ma­tion please con­tact us. Sim­i­larly in Hamil­ton, a white Ford Tran­sit van was stolen from Hep­burn Hill in Hamil­ton overnight be­tween Oc­to­ber 28 and 29. This van also con­tained a num­ber of work tools that the owner of the ve­hi­cle needs for his em­ploy­ment. A small hatch­back car was seen in the area and it is pos­si­ble that three male per­sons were in­volved. If you have any in­for­ma­tion please con­tact PC Di­plac­ito at Hamil­ton Po­lice of­fice.

A house sit­u­ated on John Street, Larkhall, was tar­geted by a would-be thief in the early hours of Satur­day, Novem­ber 3. The house­holder heard a noise at around 4am and whilst she couldn’t see any­one, she found on in­spect­ing her prop­erty that an at­tempt had been made to drill her door lock.

Please con­tinue to be vig­i­lant and re­port any­thing sus­pi­cious to the po­lice.

with­sergean­tjon Mcleish

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