Fairfield police warn residents of scam
Published 7:49 am, Saturday, March 17, 2018
FAIRFIELD — Fairfield police are asking residents to be on the lookout for a man running a con in which he pretends to get hit by vehicles and then asks the drivers for money.
Police were first alerted to the scam on Thursday around 5:30 p.m. when a woman called police to report that she had been swindled for $200 at the Super Stop & Shop on Kings Highway.
The woman told police that she had been backing out of a parking space when she heard a loud thump at the rear of the car. When she got out of the car, police said she found an unidentified male holding his hand as if he were in pain.
Police said the man claimed the driver had backed into him, injuring him and breaking his cell phone. When the woman offered to call the police, the man insisted that she just give him $200 for his phone and they go their separate ways.
After the woman paid him the money and left the parking lot, she began to have second thoughts about the incident and returned to the scene. Police said when she returned to the parking lot and saw the man looking for other patrons to scam.
The woman described the suspect as a white or Hispanic male with a long, black ponytail, who was wearing a maroon and black track suit at the time of the crime. She also told police that the man may have had an accomplice who was driving a gray compact sedan around the parking lot.
Police said they were unable to locate either suspects when they arrived on the scene.
Detectives are asking anyone with information regarding the scam to call the Fairfield Police Department at 203-254-4808, or Text-A-Tip to CRIMES (274637).
Police warned residents to always be wary of scams. In the event that anything ever seems suspicious, residents are reminded to call the police. When dealing with potential scam artists, police ask residents to ask for the suspect’s full identification and to keep an eye out for other identifying information, such as license plate info or car descriptions.