A bogus landlord has been caught scamming tenants in London by pretending to own an Airbnb property - and police need your help tracking him down.
The property criminal was conning a prospective tenant out of £1,600, after posting an advert on free listings website Gumtree, advertising the Haringey property. He claimed to own the property which he was only letting as a short term let via Airbnb, and having conducted a viewing in September with the potential tenant, proceeded to request an advance rental payment on £1,600 to secure the property.
Once the tenant had transferred the funds, the ‘landlord’ disappeared, refusing to reply to the victim’s numerous calls or text message. Desperate, the tenant contacted the police, and an investigation was launched by the Metropolitan Police’s Operation Falcon (Fraud and Linked Crime Online) team.
The police have released an image of the landlord, and are appealing for help to track down this tricky character - can you help?
Enquiries are ongoing to identify the person or persons who arranged or benefitted from this fraud. Officers are releasing an image of the man who showed the victim around the property at the initial viewing. This picture was taken at the property on 18th September 2016. Anyone who recognises the man pictured, or has information that may assist the investigation, should call Op Falcon on 101 or contact the Met via Twitter @MetCC. To give information anonymously, contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or visit the crimestoppers-uk.org website.Spokesperson from Metropolitan Police
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