REMEMBER the old adage – al that glitters is not gold
because criminals are operating in Essex using fake gold
jewellery to get money from residents.
Adrian Emberson, 69, from Colchester, was scammed out
of £200 after being flagged down near the Rettendon
Turnpike by a man whose car appeared to have broken
He told Mr Emberson his car had broken down and he
needed petrol and also needed money because he was
late catching the ferry from Liverpool to Ireland.
He begged Mr Emberson for help and got into the car
offering his gold ring in return for £50. Two men then followed in the man's car which he said only had "a little petrol left".
When they got to a Tesco cash machine the man kept badgering Mr Emberson for more money and handed over a gold bracelet in return for £200.l
"There was so much going on, I don't think I really had time to think it through," said Mr Emberson. "I ended up giving him £200, he gave me a gold bracelet too and took my details so that he could call and pay me back over the phone then we could arrange to meet and give his jewellery back."
But Mr Emerson's act of kindness was not to be repaid, as he became the latest victim in a series of roadside scams, with reports of 12 incidents in a week in Cambridgeshire between January 26 and February 3, and another in Essex, on the A414 near North Weald.