Common roadside scam strikes again near Kaiserslautern

Police warned on Thursday of a recurring scam involving fake roadside fuel shortages after a 25-year-old woman fell victim to the scheme in the Donnersberg district near Kaiserslautern on Wednesday.

The woman was stopped by a couple on route L400 near Wuerzweiler. The pair claimed that their car had run out of gas and solicited money for fuel.

The unsuspecting woman gave them 5 euros and drove away. She realized later she had likely been duped and reported the incident to police. A similar report emerged shortly after from the Dannenfels area.

The vehicle involved was described as a silver Audi sedan with a Romanian license plate, police said. The suspects, a man and a woman around 30 years old with a southeastern European appearance, were noted for the man’s beard and black bomber jacket and the woman’s black polka dot dress.

Such fake emergencies are often crafted to deceitfully obtain money, Kaiserslautern police said in a statement officials urged the public to report suspicious activities.

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