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CCTV released by Westminster Council shows the moment an innocent shopper is targeted by a fraudster on Oxford Street.
A gang member can be seen bending down to pick up a ring - but in this case the target gets away without falling for it, after a warning from a council binman.
The Head of Westminster’s Neighbourhood Crime Reduction Service Mick Smith said:
Shoppers on Oxford Street are being warned about a new scam, being used to con them out of their money.
It involves women - normally members of Romanian gangs - fooling people into handing over cash in exchange for worthless metal rings.
Westminster Council wardens say the scam has now become so common they are dealing with several incidents a day.