Officers are warning motorists in the Rugby and Dunchurch areas to be wary should they be flagged down by the driver of a vehicle that has apparently low on, or has run out of fuel.
A number of similar incidents have been reported over the past six months, centred around the M5, the A5 and the surrounding areas.
This is believed to be a nationwide scheme with a number of perpetrators involved.
The group typically flag down passing motorists, tell them a hard-luck story and explain their car is out of petrol in order to elicit cash from their victims.
In order to gain the victims’ trust, and their cash, the group hand over gold rings, believed to be fake, as a means of security until they can pay the victim back. The victims are also given fake contact details.
Investigating officer, constable Hazel Busch, said: “If motorists do come across such scams they should contact the police immediately, and also try to obtain the registration number of the vehicle the offenders are using. This group are praying on the good-nature of the public, and while I do not want discourage anyone for helping someone in need, please be vigilant.”
If you have any further information that could help police, call 101 quoting incident number 286 of Friday November 13 2015.
Alternatively, if you do not feel comfortable speaking directly to the police then you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.