The shocking moment a woman appears to try and scam her way into a home with a ‘damsel in distress’ ruse before bolting as a dog barks, was caught on camera.
The footage was captured on a Ring camera at a home in Grants Hill in Ilford, East London, at around 5am on Monday (February 8).
The suspected fraudster – who is said to have fled into a parked car – is filmed outside the front door, seemingly feigning distress.
She shouts “I need help! Please help, please help me”, before quietly reporting to someone on her mobile phone: “Hold on, I’m just knocking on the door.”
A dog can be heard barking as soon as she knocks and the woman eventually runs away from the house before returning briefly and then leaving again.
The video was shared onto social media page @ig1ig3 which raises awareness about news in the Ilford area.
The homeowners reportedly said the woman rang their doorbell asking for help but upon hearing their dog bark, she ran away and rang their neighbours’ door instead.
But when the woman noticed that all the occupants in the house are awake, she bolted from the scene into a nearby parked car, they claimed.
The occupants said they believed “if she needed help she wouldn’t run away, nor run into a running car”.
“This was clearly a scam and was leading to something more. Luckily the dog made her think twice, knocking on our neighbours’ door seemed like a cover up.”
Social media users were left shocked and disgusted by the scenes in the video.
One online user pointed out that the woman would have called the police and not been talking to someone on her mobile phone if she was really in need of help.
They said: “Asking for help whilst on the phone… call 999 if you REALLY need help.”
Whilst another said they would have easily fallen for this clever scam: “I would’ve fell for this can’t lie.”
And another warned viewers: “These people doing the devils work to catch you slipping at dumb hours.
“@ig1ig3 respect for always keeping those in the area aware and others who don’t live here to do the same. Real talk don’t trust a soul outside your house these days.”
A final person added: “This is why dogs are the best. They’re kryptonite to these [people].”