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‘Road traffic scam’ in Harrow as resident reports incident

A concerned resident has contacted Harrow Online after he was caught up in a scam in Christchurch Aveune, Harrow.

The following warning was sent in to alert other members of Harrow Online to ‘be on their guard’ after a person was targeted in Wealdstone by an alleged scammer.

“On Tuesday evening (June 28th, 2022) I was returning home driving along Christchurch Avenue. I heard a thwack against the left hand side of my car and was carrying on to my nearby home to see what had happened. Within seconds, and I mean seconds, there was a vehicle right behind me flashing its lights. I pulled over. The driver of the Land Rover came to my window said “what do you think you are playing at?”, he asked me to pull over off the road and we turned into Brampton Grove.

“There, he showed me a broken wing mirror, hanging down. At first I thought I was at fault though I had not seen any vehicle close enough to my left to have struck the wing mirror. Almost as soon as we pulled over he was obviously nervous but, on his mobile, showed me a replacement wing mirror at £330 and wanted me to give him the cash there and then.

“I said no and would only go  through insurance. He was clearly not happy about that but I insisted. He was insured through Aviva but was vague about where he came from. He did not give me a contact phone number when asked. I gave him mine and, I kept calm and polite throughout. When I persisted that I would only settle through insurance, he drove off.

“This is clearly a scam and I have made that clear to my insurance company. Needless to say  I have not heard anything since and I do not expect to. I am certain this was an organised crime routine and I bring it to your notice to warn your readership to be on their guard.”

Similar incidents have been reported to Harrow Online over the last year and we advise anyone affected to report online or by calling 101 if they are not an emergency.