Gumtree man scammed out of £1,600 by fake landlord in Haringey

Do you recognise this man? Police wish to speak to him in connection with a rental scam in Haringey.

Last September, the victim found the letting for the property on Gumtree.

“He was shown around by a man, who stated that he was the landlord,” said police.

“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,” police added.

The £1,600 has now been lost.

If you recognise this man who showed the victim around the property, please get in touch with police.

Call Operation Falcon on 101 or contact the Met via Twitter @MetCC.

Alternatively, to give information anonymously please contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or visit the website.

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