Residents urged to remain vigilant after suspected scam takes place

PUBLISHED: 15:30 19 November 2015 | UPDATED: 09:21 25 November 2015


Police confirmed that the incident in Honiton was reported on Wednesday (November 18) at 1pm.

Honiton residents are being asked to remain vigilant after a suspected scam was reported.

Police confirmed that the incident was reported on Wednesday (November 18) at 1pm.

On popular Facebook page Spotted: Honiton, an anonymous poster said their elderly father was flagged down by ‘Italian man’ for directions.

The poster added: “This afternoon my elderly dad was flagged down by what he described as an Italian man asking for directions.

“My dad said he didn’t know where the road was and was invited to the man’s car where he said he had a map

“Once in the car, my dad realised it was a scam as the Italian man tried to give him items of clothes but in return the man wanted £150 for money for his daughter’s pram.”

Police in Exeter are investigation a similar incident following a distraction theft which was reported last week.

A police spokesman said: “At around 3.10pm, on Friday, November 13, a woman sat in her blue Fiat 500 in the car park of Waitrose in Heavitree.

“She was approached by a man who asked if she could get out of her car to help him with directions. “A short time later the woman discovered that her bank cards had been stolen from her bag which was on the front seat. These cards have been used and a large amount of money stolen from the victims account.”

The man is described as in his 30’s, stocky build, short black hair and wearing a long dark overcoat. He was also carrying a black laptop case and was smartly dressed.

Police are asking for people to remain vigilant to this type of approach and to report anything suspicious by calling 101.

Anyone who can help police identify the man involved in the Exeter incident should email or call 101, quoting crime reference CR/078637/15.

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