False gendarmes demanding cash for fines.

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False gendarmes demanding cash for fines.

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Noted happening in Morbihan 56, but just a heads up in case it spreads to other depts.

Scammers pretending to be gendarmes in civvy clothes with a gendarme armband stopping cars, checking your attestation finding it faulty, demanding the €135 fine in cash etc.

https://actu.fr/bretagne/vannes_56260/m ... 4vZ7FhafZQ
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If you say you only have 100 on you and they say that will do this time. Give them nothing. :good:
That's bad if it's true.
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mysty wrote:
Thu Mar 26, 2020 12:02 am
If you say you only have 100 on you and they say that will do this time. Give them nothing. :good:
That's bad if it's true.
Do the real gendarmes ever operate in plain clothes with just an armband? As they are part of the army it seems unlikely.
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You do see it in French police programs but never seen it in real life.
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It might be police on TV with the arm bands cannot say for certain.
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Surely the give way would be the lack of a Gendarmerie car/wago in the background - or are tyey that sophisticated that they do have one? I do not know.

I think if I saw a group of chaps in civvies and just an arm band stopping me, I would drive through, and risk what ever consequence if it were a real checkpoint. In light of this in the news, one would have a good defence?

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This has been reported for several days all over the country, burglaries from commercial premises and sports clubs have all risen.

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Gendarmes always wear uniforms (they are military) and everywhere on the territory.
Only inspectors of the Police Nationale (not military) can be in plain clothes with an arm band (not always). But you will never see them in the country, villages or small towns.
If there's no "Commissariat", there's no Police Nationale and no inspectors.
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If your going to drive through but your not 100% sure check the rear mirror.
If they pull out guns then pull over. ;)
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How about if they’re not wearing a pullover ?

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