A Good Samaritan was duped by a roadside fraudster on the A16 who claimed he had run out of petrol and offered a gold ring in exchange for a tenner to fill-up.
Spalding resident Rodney Sadd, whose pal was “scammed”, is warning drivers, especially women on their own, to take care on the roads and not to stop if they are flagged down.
If you are stopped on the road by anyone claiming to be in distress, perhaps offer to phone the police or a breakdown recovery service on their behalf but do not part with any money.Lincolnshire Police spokesman
“I have actually got the ring,” said Rodney. “It’s worth nothing, of course. It looks like a heavy gold ring.”
His friend was driving from Spalding towards Peterborough last Wednesday when the incident happened and a second friend was later flagged down at Surfleet, but she didn’t stop after seeing a second man in the car.
Mr Sadd believes frauds will deter people from helping others, but says it’s better to be safe than sorry.
A Lincolnshire Police spokesman said: “These types of fraudsters operate nationwide and incidents are reported from time to time in Lincolnshire. The best protection against any type of scam is to be aware that it is a scam in the first place so share the information with your family and friends.
“If you are stopped on the road by anyone claiming to be in distress, perhaps offer to phone the police or a breakdown recovery service on their behalf but do not part with any money.”
• Report incidents to Lincolnshire Police on 101.