Wiltshire Police have received two reports of a woman approaching members of the public in Swindon and asking them for money.

The woman tells the unsuspecting victims a ‘sob story’ such as she has lost her keys and asks for money to get home, exploiting their good nature.

At around 9:30pm on 3rd June in Fleming Way, Swindon a kind member of the public gave over £30 thinking that he was assisting a distressed woman.

On the evening of 14th June in the Station Road car park, a woman aged 54, from Bristol took pity on the suspect after hearing how she had lost her keys and purse and had to get to her grandmothers house in Reading.  The victim kindly handed over £60.

It was only later both victims found out that they had been scammed and it is believed that the incidents are linked.

The woman is described as white, approximately 5’6, of medium build. She has shoulder length brown hair and was aged in her thirties.

PC Paul Bezzzant said, “This woman is exploiting the kindness of members of the community by posing as someone who genuinely needs help, her story often sounds plausible making the victims want to assist. We have had reports before about incidents like this and want the public to be mindful that there is a scam of this nature and to be wary of handing over any money in the street.

There may be other people who have experienced similar situations in Swindon and it would be very helpful to us if they could call us and report any information.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact PC Bezzant on 101 quoting ref 54180050426. Alternatively call Crimestoppers 0800 555 111 where details may be left anonymously if preferred.

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