Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Don't Fall for It! Con Artists Use Ring Trick to Fleece Shoppers

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Don't Fall for It! Con Artists Use Ring Trick to Fleece Shoppers

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Byline: Justin Davenport Crime Editor

THE latest street racket to hit London is exposed today.

Westminster council says Eastern European gangs are raking in hundreds of pounds a week from shoppers and tourists in the West End.

Fraudsters, mainly Romanian, are fooling people into handing over cash in exchange for worthless metal rings. In the case exposed today a council worker intervenes to prevent the trick going ahead.

Westminster council issued the CCTV images to warn tourists and Londoners about the swindle which they say is now an everyday occurrence in Oxford Street. It works by con artists dropping a gold coloured ring next to an unsuspecting passer-by. They then "spot" the ring and make a big show of picking it up, asking the "victim" if it is theirs.

When the person says no, the trickster offers to give it to them in exchange for anything up to [pounds sterling]20.

In the CCTV a member of the fraud gang approaches a woman at a street crossing. …

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