Scamster trawling Hornsey Park *Update*


A scamster is making the rounds in Hornsey Park.

*Update June 14th 2012*

Two nights ago, at 11.15am, I had a loud knocking at my front door. A woman told me she lived just four houses away from me and that she desperately needed money for a mini cab. There was no mini cab. Her whole story was very similar to the scams used last year. They may be on the prowl again.
Last Wednesday around midnight a resident was woken by a man ringing the doorbell and claiming that he just returned from taking his diabetic daughter to hospital and wanted £4.00 to pay the minicab. He then proceeded to the next house. Various other residents have been visited by this man and have had similar requests for money, mainly in the evening till late at night.

Last night there were instances of people knocking at doors and telling a sorry story about desperately needing money for a taxi. I have just had another instance of this. Last year I had a man, this year a woman. The story she told was almost word for word what the man said last year. So watch out.

Nov 5th, 2011
Last Wednesday around midnight a resident was woken by a man ringing the doorbell and claiming that he just returned from taking his diabetic daughter to hospital and wanted £4.00 to pay the minicab. He then proceeded to the next house. Various other residents have been visited by this man and have had similar requests for money, mainly in the evening till late at night.

Should you be approached please ring 101 and inform the police, who already know about this scam and can make a check on the area.

4 comments on “Scamster trawling Hornsey Park *Update*”

  1. Just in case people haven't seen them, from time to time there are posts like this on Harringay Online community website about scammers in the Ladder roads near Green Lanes. It seems there are several people trying their luck with similar stories .

    I'd guess that ever time a "good Samaritan" realises they've been cheated they may be less inclined to be compassionate to the next stranger in apparent trouble.

  2. I saw this person at about 6pm on Friday 4 November.When he called he rang the bell and then immediately knocked very loudly on the door

    The person looked very odd, so much so I was uncertain as to his/her sex. Possibly early forties. I heard the story about the taxi and, in my case, about a son. And was I told he was a neighbour, claiming he lived at Flat B, 40 Hornsey Park Road. He gave the impression of being on the point of collapse and several times used an ashma inhaler. . He professed to feeling very embarrassed and apologetic. He said that he would repay the loan within the hour. He said he would leave (in his words) "collateral".

    He presented himself as a pathetic and pitiful sight. However the story did not ring true, especially as there was no mini cab and I was never seem anyone use an inhaler with such enthusiasm, and so regularly. He was very thin and I assumed he was on non-prescribed drugs.

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