The Metropolitan Police have appealed for help in identifying two men involved in a fraud that cost its victim more than £100,000 of his savings.
Over an 11-month period the fraudsters persuaded a 58-year-old man in Islington to pay for a string of repairs on his house that were not required.
They first approached the victim in October 2018, when they charged him £1,500 to put up scaffolding in his garden, promising a refund at later date.
In July 2019, two men claiming to be builders for a company called ‘Supreme Roofing Limited’ charged the man £1,500 to fix his roof. However, the “builders” continued to increase the price and demanded more money for materials and extra repairs.
When the victim refused to pay and threatened to call the police, the conmen posed as Action Fraud representatives and trading standards officers.
In these roles they said the victim needed to pay £5,000 to “catch” the suspects and asked for further money to launch an investigation.
In total, the victim was tricked into handing over £110,000. Police have release the E-fit images above to try to identify the suspects.
Investigating officer Detective Constable Alejandra Gomez said it was a “sustained and elaborate” fraud, which she believed was linked to similar incidents in other parts of London.
Anyone with information can call police on 0208 7336291, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online.
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