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Elderly motorist swindled by bogus ‘mechanic’

Scam alert

AN elderly female motorist was the victim of a scam involving a man who claimed he was a mechanic at the weekend.

The woman, who is aged in her 80s, was followed by another vehicle in Omagh last Thursday (February 18) sometime between 2.30pm and 3pm.

She pulled over into the Asda supermarket on the Dromore Road and was told by a male motorist, who had been following her, that something was wrong with her car and that he could get the part.

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Revealing details of the incident at a community safety meeting in Dromore on Tuesday night PSNI crime prevention officer Joe keys said, “The man told the lady he was a mechanic and could get what was needed to fix her car and it would cost £50. The lady got the money from a nearby ATM, he took the money for the part and never returned.”

Police in Omagh are investigating this scam.  If you can help call the 101 number, quoting reference number 36620216. Alternatively can be passed via Crimestoppers  on 0800 555 111.

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POLICE are urging the public to be vigilant after two elderly people are targetted by 'fake mechanic' scams.

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