September 26th, 2016

Police issue scam warning after TVs were sold in Bromsgrove ‘from the back of a van’

Police issue scam warning after TVs were sold in Bromsgrove ‘from the back of a van’ Police issue scam warning after TVs were sold in Bromsgrove ‘from the back of a van’
Updated: 4:35 pm, Feb 01, 2016

POLICE are warning residents not to buy flat screen TVs or other electrical equipment from the back of vans after an incident last week.

A man in a silver Renault Traffic van was offering TVs for sale to random motorists at Frankley Services about 4pm on January 27.

Officers now want anyone with any information on the ‘salesman’ or any other similar instances to get in touch with them on 101.

There have been several incidents across Bromsgrove District of TVs being offered for what seem to be a reduced price with the seller claiming they are ex-display models or shop returns.

But, in reality, they have been condemned for scrap and do not work.

The televisions have been heavily wrapped in plastic or original looking boxes, which do not give the buyer the opportunity to check the TV at the time. When the buyer gets them home they find the TV does not work or the screen is damaged.

PC Tim Burling of Hagley and Rubery Safer Neighbourhood Team is urging people not to buy these televisions and remember the old saying: ‘If it looks too good to be true, then it probably is’.

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