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Man cheated out of £20 in a car park in Lincoln

By PWhitelam_LE  |  Posted: October 12, 2012

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People are urged to be extra vigilant after a man was conned out of £20 in Lincoln.

The scam involved a man asking for directions to the A1 in a car park in Tritton Road.He pretended to be so grateful to be given directions by giving the person a watch to say thank you.The man then claimed that he had been robbed and his petrol tank was empty and asked for some money for fuel, giving the victim another watch in return.

The two watches were very cheap and not worth anything.

A Lincolnshire Trading Standards spokesman said: 'In the vast majority of cases, these people are scammers and the plea for money is a deception.  "

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"These people prey on the good nature of our residents and Lincolnshire Trading Standards advise anyone who is approached not to give cash to strangers. 

"Always stop, think and be sceptical before handing over any money."

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  • FreedomSpeech  |  October 17 2012, 8:19AM

    Or perhaps they just feel no need to repeat themselves?

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  • Adrian1208  |  October 17 2012, 1:10AM

    I see all the people that belittle the person above, have now stopped. You all need to feel totally ashamed of yourselves, as I am sure you have elderly relatives or have had, that have been confused in the past..

  • Roadscource  |  October 16 2012, 1:33PM

    Is this actually a scam or a con? If he had been selling genuine Tag watches for £20-00 and then it turned out to be a cheap copy, thats a scam. All he did was to claim he had been robbed and needed money for fuel, the victim "chose" to give them £20 so it wasnt a crime at all as they could have said no. How have the Police concluded that the man hadnt run out of petrol or been robbed?

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  • LincolnFran  |  October 15 2012, 1:14PM

    Unfortunately the police can do nothing about it as no crime has actually been committed. I always thought that 'obtaining money by deception' (which is what this effectively is) was an offence so why can the Police not do anything about it? I am sorry this has happened to your Father SAZ78.

  • SAZ78  |  October 15 2012, 12:05PM

    This article really does not deserve the abuse some of you have put. It never ceases to amaze me how some people jump straight in with there careless comments without knowing the exact facts. I am the daughter of the above victim and maybe people should think before putting comments about him being an idiot and that he deserved it. As Holly as commented these conmen are preying on the elderly and vunerable. This article was issued to try and warn other people to take extra care. Unfortunately the police can do nothing about it as no crime has actually been commited. I do hope when those of you who have made derogatory comments get older none of this happens to you!!!! SHAME ON YOU.

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  • Adrian1208  |  October 14 2012, 2:04AM

    by richardhtc Why dont you have any sympathy? Do you have any for holly132s father as I know I do, I bet you that this Man in Tritton Rd carpark is in a very similar situtation as holly132 Father.. Just think about it!!!

  • richardhtc  |  October 13 2012, 11:28PM

    The headline should read "Stupid idiot gives away £20 in Lincoln car park" No sympathy for idiocy

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  • richardhtc  |  October 13 2012, 11:26PM

    if you're that daft - you deserve it ! the headline should read "Stupid idiot gives away £20 in Lincoln car-park"

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  • Gnome_Chomsky  |  October 13 2012, 5:27PM

    RIFRIF - What exactly was the crime you wanted the police to investigate?

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  • holly132  |  October 13 2012, 4:29PM

    My elderly father who has dementia was also taken in by this scam on Wednesday 3rd October on Skellingthorpe Road. The conman actually took my father in his car home to get £20 for the watches! This conman is preying on the elderly and vulnerableand it isn't always the case lynnlincoln that "you deserve to be conned"!

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