RESIDENTS in South Tyneside are being warned that scam artists are preying on people in the borough.
Police have received reports of people being offered laptops or other electrical goods in car parks in the borough.
Officers say people have also been approached in other parts of the force area with one man, in Newcastle, conned out of £600 after buying what he thought was a lap top, iPad and iPhone.
However, it turned out the bag contained two bottles of lemonade.
According to police, people have been approached in the Lidl car park in Boldon Lane and in the Laygate area of South Shields.
Police believe it could be the same men carrying out the scam.
A police spokesman said: “These men have offered what appears to be a very good deal but when the victims have handed over the cash, instead of being given expensive electrical goods they’ve been given items of no value.
“This should be a warning to others that they should never hand money over to people they don’t know or buy goods offered to them on the street. If an offer seems too good to be true then it usually is.
“Anyone who knows these men, witnesses any such incidents taking place or is approached in the street and offered property for sale, should contact police as soon as possible.
“These men have taken advantage of their victims, effectively stealing large sums of money from them, and it’s important we find out who they are so they can be dealt with.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 ext 69191. Callers are asked to quote reference 725 220714, or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.