Motorists warned over flood scam

February 17, 2014 | By | In News

Hampshire police are warning motorists to be extra vigilant when driving into floodwater, following reports of scammers using the adverse weather to cash in on unsuspecting drivers.

Police have received phone calls from the New Forest area, of drivers who have been targeted by conmen, who have removed ‘road closed’ warning signs, waited for cars to get stuck and then offered to free them with their 4x4s, for a fee of course.

We have had two reports this evening of a scam developing in the New Forest whereby someone is moving the 'road closed' signs, and then offering to tow people out with their 4×4 vehicle for a charge of at least £30.

Hampshire Constabulary even took to its Facebook page to warn motorists, saying: "Flooding seems to be bringing out the worst in some people.

"We have had two reports this evening of a scam developing in the New Forest whereby someone is moving the 'road closed' signs, and then offering to tow people out with their 4×4 vehicle for a charge of at least £30."

It went on to advise motorists to avoid driving on flooded roads altogether if at all possible.

Anyone who has information they wish to share regarding these conmen are urged to call police on 101.

If, however, you have no choice but to venture out in the appalling conditions, make sure you read our tips for driving in severe rain before you do.

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