Residents in Harrow and Hillingdon, particularly in Rayners Lane, central Harrow, and Northwood have been subjected to a persistent scam over the past two years, according to recent reports on the OWL website and accounts from locals.
The scam, known as the “wing mirror scam,” involves an object being thrown at a passing car, leading the driver to believe they have hit another vehicle and caused damage to its wing mirror.
In these incidents, the scammer then confronts the driver, demanding approximately £400 as compensation for the alleged damage. Many have unfortunately fallen victim to this scam, paying out substantial sums.
However, there has been a breakthrough in the case. The Ruislip Manor Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT) has recently arrested a male suspect believed to be involved in some of these scams. Additionally, the suspect’s vehicle has been seized.
The police have been able to progress in their investigation thanks to valuable information provided by victims and community members.
If you have been a victim of this scam, or any similar ‘crash-for-cash’ scenario, and haven’t yet reported it, you are encouraged to contact the police. Reports can be made online at the following link: Metropolitan Police Report a Crime.
Report filed by PCSO Toufeeq Hyder, PCSO Northwood Hill via the OWL website.