Residents urged to remain vigilant after man conned out of £250

PUBLISHED: 11:00 26 November 2015 | UPDATED: 11:17 26 November 2015


The incident took place in Honiton Lidl car park on Wednesday, November 25.

Residents in Honiton are being urged to remain vigilant after a man was conned out of £250 when he was asked for directions.

The incident took place in the Lidl car park on Wednesday, November 25.

A spokesman for Honiton’s neighbourhood policing team says the male suspect is described as Italian, quite tall and with black hair.

He has a pronounced nose and jaw and thick rimmed glasses, and was wearing a dark grey jacket and tan coloured shoes.

The male was driving a black car.

The spokesman said: “The offender will ask the victim to come and help them with directions - usually to a nearby airport - and in return will offer ‘gifts’ of items of clothing from the back of his car.

“These items are believed to be counterfeit goods.

“The offender will then persuade the victim that they need to give him money for these ‘gifts’ and will often use ‘confidence trickster’ techniques to either fool or pressure victims into handing over the cash.”

The recent incident follows a previous report where a lone man was also targeted near Turks Head on Wednesday, November 18.

If anyone is approached by a male matching this description, police are urging residents not to engage and call 101 if you feel pressured or the situation is suspicious.

Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or report online at

Victims of fraud are urged to log a report with Action Fraud via their website

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