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Appeal following £280,000 fraud

News   •   Dec 16, 2020 10:49 GMT

[Image of man police want to trace]

Officers from the Met’s Economic Crime Directorate have released an image of a man they wish to speak to in relation to an allegation of mandate fraud.

He is believed to be of Sri Lankan origin, aged in his mid-40s, and has links to Mitcham in south London.

Mandate fraud is when someone gets you to change a direct debit, standing order or bank transfer mandate, by pretending to be an organisation you make regular payments to, for example a subscription or membership organisation or your business supplier.

In this case, the victim has transferred £280,000 into a bank account to pay for goods they never received.

Detective Constable Michael Esangbedo, Specialist Crime Command, said: “This is an incident where a significant amount of money has been lost. We take offences of this nature extremely seriously and are keen to talk to the man in the photo we’re releasing today.

“I’d urge anyone who recognises him, or who knows where he is, to get in touch with us. Your information could make all the difference in our investigation.”

Anyone with information is asked to call 101 or tweet @MetCC quoting CAD2139/16DEC20.

Information can also be provided, anonymously, by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

No arrests; enquiries continue.