Con artists selling jewellery on motorways warn traffic police

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CON artists who pretend to have run out of fuel are flagging drivers down on motorways near Wigan borough police have warned.

The fraudsters – who police believe are Eastern European – involves a scam where they offer motorists fake jewellery in exchange for cash to buy fuel.

The North West Motorway Police sent out warnings on Twitter last week after reports of the con artists setting up several times on the M6 near Wigan and also on the M56.

Supt Andy Mitchell said: “There have not been any reports of the men operating this scam using violence but they can be intimidating.

“We ask motorists to be wary of anyone flagging them down under suspicious circumstances not to stop and to report any similar incidents to police.”

Police say in reported cases, motorists have been flagged down by men, often with women and children from a supposedly broken down car and have been coming up with various excuses to pull at the heart strings of good Samaritans.

Contact police on 101 or 999 in an emergency.