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Man sought re West Dulwich rental fraud

News   •   Jan 27, 2017 06:29 GMT

[Image: Man sought re rental fraud]

Detectives have released an image of a man they wish to speak to in connection with a rental scam.

On 16 September 2016, the victim - a man who was working in London - responded to a listing on the Gumtree website of a property to let.

The victim then visited the address in Clive Road, SE21 to view the property.

He was shown around by a man, who stated that he was the landlord. The victim went on to transfer an advance rental payment of £1,600 to a bank account, details of which were provided by this bogus landlord.

However, after transferring the money, all contact with the bogus landlord ceased and he stopped replying to calls or text. It became apparent that access to the property had been obtained via a short-term let on the AirBnB website and the bogus landlord had no authority to arrange for it to be rented out.

The rental payment of £1,600 was lost, having been paid to a 'mule' account - controlled as a result of a stolen bank card - from where it had been withdrawn.

An investigation was launched by detectives from the Met's Operation Falcon (Fraud And Linked Crime Online).

Enquiries are ongoing to identify the person or persons who arranged or benefited 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 18 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.