A 65-YEAR-OLD man claims he was duped out of cash by a conman offering cheap tobacco.
The victim, who wished to remain anonymous, told the Herald he was targeted by a male whilst waiting in a queue at Morrisons in Wilnecote.
He told the unlucky individual he could provide him with 21 packs of cigarettes for a relatively cheap price.
After following the man out of the shop, the victim coughed up £80 in cash – but the thief then ran off with the money.
Police have told residents to be aware of similar incidents.
The Amington resident said he was approached by the man, who he estimated was in his 30s and wearing a woolly hat, while shopping at the supermarket last Wednesday afternoon (January 31).
He said: "This guy sounded really convincing. I feel a right fool. He came up to me while I was by the cigarette counter and asked me if I smoked. I said I did, and then he told me he could get me some cheap tobacco.
"He told me that his mates had 21 packs for sale, and that I should go with him to Wilnecote."
But after following the man, the victim realised that all wasn't what it seemed.
"He told me to wait outside a fish bar so he could speak with his brother," he added.
"But after a while I thought he was up to something. He had even said I could have a load for £125."
It was then when the victim alleged that the offender ran off with the cash.
He was seen heading past The Queen's Head pub in Watling Street. The 65-year-old said he followed the man in his car. He said he last spotted the alleged thief in Kimberley, a Wilnecote side street.
Although police told the Herald that the incident hadn't been reported, they have heeded warning for those buying cheap tobacco.
Inspector Bev Rounds, of Tamworth Police, said: "I would urge anyone thinking of buying cheap cigarettes to first think about the quality of the items they are purchasing. They may not have the best content inside of them.
"The concern here is that people are putting their own safety at risk."
Anyone with information on the incident is urged to call Tamworth Police on 101.