Police are reminding people to be on their guard after a man was conned out of cash in South Shields.
At around 1.45pm on Tuesday, August 25, a man aged in his 40s was approached by two men at Lidl car park, Laygate, asking if he wanted to buy a laptop and ipad.
He looked at the laptop with the men and handed over cash. The man left the area but when he later checked the bag the laptop had been replaced with bottles of water.
Police are reminding people to be vigilant.
Chief Inspector Sarah Pitt said: “When the victim handed over the cash instead of being given a laptop as agreed he’d been given items of no value.
“It’s vital people are aware of this scam so they know it’s a con and to ensure they report anything suspicious to police.
“If something seems too good to be true then it usually is and people in the area should exercise caution at all times. This should act as a warning to others that they should never agree to hand over money to people they don’t know or to buy goods offered to them on the street or at the doorstep.
“We’re continuing to investigate in an effort to trace those responsible and I’d urge anyone with information is asked to contact police as soon possible.”
Both men are described as white and of stocky build. One of the men is described as being in his 40’s and the other man 50-55 years-old and was wearing a beanie hat.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 ext 69191, quoting reference 0547 25/08/15, or independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.