Warning of oil scam in Archway
A driver is hoping to warn other motorists not to be fooled by a bizarre scam involving a conman who hurls oil at cars.
Susan McGinn, 57, says an elderly-looking trickster walked suspiciously close to the front of her car as she parked in Junction Road, Archway, on Monday afternoon.
As she got out, the man pointed to a slick of oil that had mysteriously appeared on the grille and said there must be a problem – before offering to fix it up for the princely sum of �10.
Mrs McGinn, of nearby Raydon Street, felt he was acting strangely – and her scepticism was only increased when she noticed some of the oil had somehow found its way to the top of the bonnet.
She said: “He said ‘I’m a mechanic, I can fix it’. He said not to touch it because it’s very dangerous and the car might blow up! I was with my husband who knows a fair bit about cars, and he thought it was very odd.
You may also want to watch:
“I told the man to get lost and when we cleaned the oil off the car there was nothing wrong with it at all.
“We have a blue badge because my husband is disabled, which he saw us put up. He was obviously picking on us because he thought we would be vulnerable, easy targets.”
- 1 'Extreme' noise complaint as 150 gather for Islington party
- 2 Statue of Philip Noel-Baker replaced in Islington after 35 years
- 3 Meet the owner of the Camden Passage shop window where nothing is for sale
- 4 What do smoking and People Friendly Streets have in common?
- 5 Islington and Camden police chief to leave Met after 29 years
- 6 New Lidl to open in Finsbury Park's Arts Building next week
- 7 Two Tube lines closed after 10pm as TfL staff isolate due to Covid
- 8 Elderly woman robbed of precious watch in daylight Finsbury Park incident
- 9 Almost 5,000 Islington people pinged by Covid app in one week
- 10 'We can do better': Islington Society calls for rethink on Barnard Park plans
She is convinced the strange character was trying to rip her off and has reported the incident to the police. “I’m 100 per cent sure it was a scam and the police thought so too,” she said.