Watch out for cruel scammers
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.