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April 20, 2005

UK: Conmen try to ‘repossess’ sacked Rover workers’ cars

Conmen reportedly have been preying on shell-shocked redundant Rover workers by trying to trick them into handing over their company cars.

Conmen reportedly have been preying on shell-shocked redundant Rover workers by trying to trick them into handing over their company cars.

The Daily Mirror said a team of men has been touring housing areas in south-west Birmingham, near the stricken Longbridge plant, posing as debt recovery agents.

Thousands of Rover workers and families were persuaded by the company to sign bank loans and lease agreements for cars, the paper noted, and, following Rover’s collapse, they fear the cars will now be repossessed by the banks.

Police confirmed to the paper that at least one attempted con was reported to them last week.

A spokesperson told the Daily Mirror: “A woman was approached by conmen who said they had come to take the keys to her Rover. She asked for ID and the men fled.”

Administrators, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, reportedly have stressed that there are no immediate plans to repossess the cars. A spokesperson told the paper: “We have clearly communicated by letter that no one would attempt to repossess cars at their homes. We are working with the finance company to find a longer term solution.”

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