Car stolen in new 'spare key' scam

Watford Observer: Car stolen in new 'spare key' scam Car stolen in new 'spare key' scam

Police are warning people of a new car scam in Hertsmere, after a car was stolen in Bushey.

Offenders have been answering car adverts and when they view the car they ask to see the spare key and swap it for a fake one that looks genuine. 

They then later return and steal the car.

This month a grey Audi estate and a silver Vauxhall Insignia have been stolen in Bushey and Borehamwood by offenders using the scam.

On Monday March 17 two men went to see the Audi in Hillside Road in Bushey.  The car was then stolen between 11pm on Tuesday March 18 and 7am on Wednesday 19. 

One of the men who went to see the car is described as white, 6 ft 1, of medium build with short brown hair. 

He had a Polish accent and was wearing black jeans and a jacket. The second man is described as Asian, 5 ft 9, of medium build with black hair.

Detective Constable Rob Fleming from Hertsmere Local Crime Unit said: "We want to make people selling their cars aware of this scam. 

"If your prospective buyer wants to see your spare key, refuse and please contact police straight away on 999. 

"If you recognise the descriptions of these offenders or know who they may be, we would like to hear from you. I would also like to hear from anyone who has been selling a car recently and have had the buyers ask to see the spare key."

Anyone with any information at all should contact the Herts Police non-emergency number 101.

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5:39pm Thu 27 Mar 14

LocalBoy1 says...

Wow, this is a new scam. I wonder who or where the thieves who dreamt up this scam come from????
Wow, this is a new scam. I wonder who or where the thieves who dreamt up this scam come from???? LocalBoy1
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7:39pm Thu 27 Mar 14

Nascot says...

Phil Cox's dream story. A Pole and an Asian.
Phil Cox's dream story. A Pole and an Asian. Nascot
  • Score: 7

8:12pm Thu 27 Mar 14

Keefer says...

I read about it on a forum a couple of months ago, but thought it was a one off ...apparently not. :-(
I read about it on a forum a couple of months ago, but thought it was a one off ...apparently not. :-( Keefer
  • Score: 1

8:22pm Thu 27 Mar 14

LocalBoy1 says...

Nascot wrote:
Phil Cox's dream story. A Pole and an Asian.
Well UKIP have been warning us long enough... No one listened..
[quote][p][bold]Nascot[/bold] wrote: Phil Cox's dream story. A Pole and an Asian.[/p][/quote]Well UKIP have been warning us long enough... No one listened.. LocalBoy1
  • Score: -3

7:30am Fri 28 Mar 14

garston tony says...

LocalBoy1 wrote:
Nascot wrote: Phil Cox's dream story. A Pole and an Asian.
Well UKIP have been warning us long enough... No one listened..
This post seems to assume that every immigrant is a crook, which they are not. The vast majority are hard working honest people, and lets not forget that a lot of them are doing jobs that British people are not willing to do.

I do agree that immigration should be limited by the way, as should their access to benefits etc once here but I dont agree with idiotic stereotyping either
[quote][p][bold]LocalBoy1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Nascot[/bold] wrote: Phil Cox's dream story. A Pole and an Asian.[/p][/quote]Well UKIP have been warning us long enough... No one listened..[/p][/quote]This post seems to assume that every immigrant is a crook, which they are not. The vast majority are hard working honest people, and lets not forget that a lot of them are doing jobs that British people are not willing to do. I do agree that immigration should be limited by the way, as should their access to benefits etc once here but I dont agree with idiotic stereotyping either garston tony
  • Score: 6

10:49am Fri 28 Mar 14

LocalBoy1 says...

garston tony wrote:
LocalBoy1 wrote:
Nascot wrote: Phil Cox's dream story. A Pole and an Asian.
Well UKIP have been warning us long enough... No one listened..
This post seems to assume that every immigrant is a crook, which they are not. The vast majority are hard working honest people, and lets not forget that a lot of them are doing jobs that British people are not willing to do.

I do agree that immigration should be limited by the way, as should their access to benefits etc once here but I dont agree with idiotic stereotyping either
Stereo typing has been going on for centuries, it is usually based on a culture or nation peoples behaviour. If a culture or nation has earned a reputation for a particular behaviour then that label will travel with them wherever they go. I consider that as a warning when the UK is over subscribed with such peoples
[quote][p][bold]garston tony[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]LocalBoy1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Nascot[/bold] wrote: Phil Cox's dream story. A Pole and an Asian.[/p][/quote]Well UKIP have been warning us long enough... No one listened..[/p][/quote]This post seems to assume that every immigrant is a crook, which they are not. The vast majority are hard working honest people, and lets not forget that a lot of them are doing jobs that British people are not willing to do. I do agree that immigration should be limited by the way, as should their access to benefits etc once here but I dont agree with idiotic stereotyping either[/p][/quote]Stereo typing has been going on for centuries, it is usually based on a culture or nation peoples behaviour. If a culture or nation has earned a reputation for a particular behaviour then that label will travel with them wherever they go. I consider that as a warning when the UK is over subscribed with such peoples LocalBoy1
  • Score: -3

6:41pm Fri 28 Mar 14

Sara says...

LocalBoy1 wrote:
Nascot wrote:
Phil Cox's dream story. A Pole and an Asian.
Well UKIP have been warning us long enough... No one listened..
Because there was no crime before 29 million Romanians and Bulgarians came to the UK...
[quote][p][bold]LocalBoy1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Nascot[/bold] wrote: Phil Cox's dream story. A Pole and an Asian.[/p][/quote]Well UKIP have been warning us long enough... No one listened..[/p][/quote]Because there was no crime before 29 million Romanians and Bulgarians came to the UK... Sara
  • Score: 4

7:29pm Fri 28 Mar 14

LocalBoy1 says...

Sara wrote:
LocalBoy1 wrote:
Nascot wrote:
Phil Cox's dream story. A Pole and an Asian.
Well UKIP have been warning us long enough... No one listened..
Because there was no crime before 29 million Romanians and Bulgarians came to the UK...
Is this a question Sara? or statement, does it or you require an answer?
[quote][p][bold]Sara[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]LocalBoy1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Nascot[/bold] wrote: Phil Cox's dream story. A Pole and an Asian.[/p][/quote]Well UKIP have been warning us long enough... No one listened..[/p][/quote]Because there was no crime before 29 million Romanians and Bulgarians came to the UK...[/p][/quote]Is this a question Sara? or statement, does it or you require an answer? LocalBoy1
  • Score: 1

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