Police in Hampshire investigating a scam involving Bed and Breakfasts and guesthouses are warning owners to be vigilant.
Between March and August this year more than 20 similar reports have been received across Hampshire, Dorset and Wiltshire. In many cases a man has booked a room for a night and subsequently advised that a parcel will be delivered for him. The man then arrives, checks in, collects the parcel and normally leaves without staying the night.
It appears that the parcels contain mobile phones that have been ordered for contracts set up using unknowing victims details.
Detectives investigating these incidents are now asking B&B and guesthouse owners who have encountered a similar situation to be vigilant and to contact them.
- Did a guest collect a parcel and fail to stay the night or pay for their room?
- Did the guest make their excuses after collecting the parcel and fail to return?
Anyone with any information is asked to contact Police Staff Investigator Richard Lynham at Lyndhurst police station on 101 or call the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.