POLICE are urging the public to be vigilant after two elderly people are targeted by ‘fake mechanic’ scams.
Police are currently investigating a report of theft from an elderly motorist on Saturday March 12th in the Beechvalley area of Dungannon.
Speaking about the incident Sergeant Stuart Lowry said: “At approximately 4.20pm on Saturday, Police received a report that sometime between 3.30pm and 3.45pm an elderly gentleman parked his car in a carpark in the Beechvalley area of Dungannon; he was approached by an unknown male.
“This man told the gentleman that he had seen sparks coming from the rear of his car. He then went on to say that he was a mechanic and he could fix his vehicle for him. He asked for a sum of money to get parts for his car. The driver of the car handed over a sum of cash and the man left to allegedly get the parts for the car, however he did not return.“
Sergeant Lowry continued, “I would advise all motorists to exercise extreme caution. If anyone approaches you and states that there is something wrong with your car never ever hand over money to them for repairs. No reputable mechanic would ever ask a total stranger to hand over cash at a roadside. If this happens to you contact a member of your family or a friend to come to assist you and then call a reputable mechanic.“
This follows a similar incident, when an elderly female motorist was the victim of a scam involving a man who also claimed he was a mechanic.
The woman, who is aged in her 80s, was followed by another vehicle in Omagh on Saturday February 20 sometime between 3.30pm and 4pm.