Police in Hampshire are warning motorists to beware of a gang of people who are targeting drivers in lay-bys. There have been 65 reports so far, particularly along the M3, M27 and A303.
The conmen attempt to flag down motorists, often claiming they are out of fuel. They say they have no cash or have lost or left their wallet elsewhere - and will offer gold jewellery or, in some cases, a watch in exchange for money.
Detective Superintendent Paul Barton said: "Sadly, some people willingly handed over cash thinking the offer would benefit them. However the gold is fake, often highly polished copper made to look like gold. The goods they offer are practically worthless."**