Motorists warned of 'bogus tow-truck driver' on M25

Motorists who break down on the M25 are being urged to be on the lookout for a bogus tow-truck driver preying on them for business. The warning comes after Robert Landragin, 60, was offered help by a man in an unmarked vehicle while he was waiting for the AA on the hard shoulder. The rogue trader reportedly tried to load Robert’s 4×4 onto a white Mercedes Sprinter.

The AA described the incident as ‘rare’ and ‘worrying’ and advised people to ask for ID from their recovery driver if they were unsure. The mechanical electrical engineer was on his way to visit his daughter in Brentwood on Tuesday afternoon when his Land Rover Discovery broke down on the M25 near Stapleford Aerodrome.

He called the AA, who said a recovery vehicle would arrive within 90 minutes, and then waited behind the barrier. About 30 minutes later, a man in a tow-truck stopped on the hard shoulder, got out and offered to help.

The man asked where he wanted to go, and Robert said the call handler at the AA had said he would be taken to Brentwood.

He was then asked if he had called the AA and he replied he had.

When Robert asked if he was from the AA, the man said he was from a ‘private company’.

He described the man as Asian, 5ft 8in tall, having short dark hair and wearing a high-vis jacket, and said his vehicle was a Mercedes Sprinter.

Mr Landragin said he wanted to warn other motorists against the alleged scam.

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