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davemccallum

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davemccallum says:

Conman at Heston Services M4

Hi to everyone; my first post and it's to confess to being a kind hearted mug! Maybe there are some others out there. If so, beware...

Stopped at Heston Services (just outside London) on the M4 at noon on Saturday 2nd February, when I was approached by 'Jasper', a skinny, light skinned Asian man with close cropped hair and a couple of days of stubble. He was in full black leathers, bike boots and carrying a full face helmet and a Suzuki key that looked just like the one for my GSXR. Poor guy was desparate; said he had come from Coventry to see a friend off at Heathrow and just realised he forgot his wallet. He needed £20 to get him home. He said his bike, a GSXR 600, was on the service road at the back of the services because he wasn't allowed to bring it in. He promised to send back the money later (yes I know, I know:lol:). I did wonder if it was a scam but I was in a hurry, that's the sort of thing I would do and I see myself in a brother (and sister)hood of bikers (what a tw*t). I gave him the £20. When I reached my destination, a quick google check revealed that 'Jasper' has been having these wallet problems a lot and has done since at least 2010.

All the 'one born every minute' and 'A fool and his money...' comments already been received. If you know Jasper and want to get back in touch, his number is 07581 098976 at the moment (I have found him quite shy since but in response to my admittedly critical text message, he did give me a silent call at 5.45 on Sunday morning). Has been reported to police but, unsurprisingly, with fairly unenthusiastic response.

If you see Jasper, give him my regards...

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MarcusMarsh

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MarcusMarsh says:

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Had similar approaches at garages and even one recently while checking in at Amsterdam Airport!  (An ex-pat claiming to be stranded and trying to get some cash together for a bed for the night) 

Last year though, I did come accross a guy in a petrol station just north of Brighton.  He had filled his bike and realised he didn't have his wallet.  He didn't actually ask me for money but was at the counter getting a shed load of grief from the cashier having filled his bike without the means to pay.  I took a chance and offered to help him out. I did wonder afterwards if I had been taken for a ride but he sent me the money within a few days.  

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