Appeal to find ‘bogus landlord’ in £30k rented flat scam

Police would like to speak to this man suspected of being a 'bogus landord'

Police would like to speak to this man suspected of being a 'bogus landord' - Credit: Archant

Do you recognise this man?

He is wanted by police in connection with a rented flat scam, involving a property in Kilburn, where prospective tenants have been conned out of a total £30,000.

The man is suspected of posing as a bogus landlord who advertises flats for rent in Kilburn, Lambeth, Islington, Barnet, and Ealing on the Gumtree website.

The victims were duped into handing over a deposit for the flat before realising they had been scammed once they arrived with their belongs to move in.

The suspect is a smartly-dressed black man in his 30s who sometimes wears glasses and uses a number of alias including Adam Holt, Craig Myers, and Ashley Elliot.

He occasionally works with a taller black man with a moustache and a black woman.

Detective Constable Ross James, from Lambeth CID, said: “We are keen to identify this fraudster as soon as possible.” Anyone with information about these crimes, or who recognises the man shown in the image, should call police or Crimestoppers.”

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DC James is warning people to carry out basic checks on landlords before handing over a deposit.

Anyone with information should call 101 and quote reference 1217609/15 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.