Swiss Knife SCAM


This is a message sent via Hampshire Alert. This information has been sent on behalf of Hampshire Constabulary
Sam Couchman (Police, PC, Fareham District

We have been made aware of a male attending houses within our borough offering for sale Swiss Knives at a dramatically reduced rate.

At this time we are unable to confirm that the items he is selling are counterfeit but we have been made aware of a similar scam by our colleagues from Surrey Police.

The male states that he is returning to Switzerland and is unable to take the knives and pots and pans with him on the plane and that he need to get rid of them. He offers for sale a set of knives purporting to be worth £1000 and all he wanted for them was the cost of the VAT.

He is known to be driving a Silver Mercedes 4×4 with either German or Swiss number plates.

The man has been described as being late 30’s – early 40’s in age, White, with a strong Swiss accent. He has a shaved head and had a tanned complexion, blue eyes and very white teeth. He was dressed in designer clothing and was wearing a Rolex style watch.

The male claimed he was from a company called ‘Cuisine Swiss’

I have spoken with Hampshire Trading Standards and they have advised me that this is the first time they are aware this potential scam has happened within Hampshire.

Be on your guard against strangers at your door.  It can be difficult to tell whether the person is genuine, a rogue trader offering repairs or home improvements, or a bogus caller/distraction burglar trying to get into your home.

For more information on doorstep crime and scams please view Hampshire Trading Standards website – http://www3.hants.gov.uk/tradingstandards.htm

Regards

Fareham Neighbourhood Policing Team

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