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White Van Man Scam
Hi, all we live in France in the Vendee ,one of our neighbours is a retired chief of the Gendarmes ..he,s warned us of the latest scam ..i.e. Targeting of foriegn Motorhomes by the white Van man using country roads they are claiming that you have clipped their wing mirror and demand payment for a replacement ..don.t stop, make for the nearest town Police. please be aware .regards Les
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Happens all over
Sadly this type of scam can happen anywhere, but fortunately is rare.
An elderly friend (I can say that because he will not read this!) was driving his Merc car in Le Dorat, Limousin and was approached by a very smartly dressed man who claimed that he had smashed his BMW wing mirror. He explained that it would be very expensive but would be prepared to settle for cash to save going through insurance.
Although my friend had no knowledge of any contact with another car he was taken in by this con man and paid him €50 - if it happens to him again he will be doing the nearest town Police option
We had a similar attempt once in Italy. We were parked at a service station and the car next to us claimed that we had scratched the side of his car when we opened our door and they wanted compensation.
Since this was physically impossible, and we knew we had not done it anyway, I asked him to walk over to the police car parked near the restaurant and we'd let them sort the matter.
The driver and mate drove off very fast but I learnt a few Italian words that I'm sure one of my advanced years should not have to hear.