08:00PM, Thursday 25 August 2016
A CCTV image has been released of a man Thames Valley Police would like to speak to in connection with an investigation into a scam that cost hopeful renters thousands of pounds.
In March and April, 14 people across South Bucks, Slough and nearby areas got in touch with police after meeting a man claiming to be an estate agent for 'Red Bricks Estate'.
They had contacted the man after seeing an advert for a flat in London Road, Slough, which was to be available from the beginning of April, and met him in Burnham.
They paid deposits, admin fees and the first month's rent, and some were shown the property.
Later, however, when they arrived at the flat, they were unable to move in and they realised they had been scammed
Case Investigator Kevin Clingham who is leading on the investigation from Local CID, Taplow, said: “This scam has had a devastating impact on so many people and their families as they were promised a rental property in Slough which never materialised.
"Instead, they lost thousands of pounds by making upfront payments to a man they trusted to be an estate agent.
"The total reported loss is estimated to be £24,600.
“I would urge anyone who recognises this man or for the man himself to contact police as he may have vital information in relation to our investigation.
“It is possible that there are other victims of this scam who have not yet come forward and reported the matter to police.
"I believe some maybe living in areas of London, not just Thames Valley, so I would urge for these people to come forward.
“As part of our on-going investigation, we continue to liaise with action fraud and other agencies.
“I would like to reassure residents and victims that we are doing all we can to progress our investigation.”
If you are a victim of this scam and have not yet contacted police, or have any information which could assist police, call 101 and quote 43160096940.