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Prolific Fraudster In Waikato

Prolific Fraudster In Waikato


15th January 2014

Hamilton Police would like to warn the public about a prolific fraudster who
has returned to the Hamilton area.

This person has over 250 previous fraud convictions and is continuing to
offend.

Senior Sergeant Rupert Friend stated that his normal pattern is that he
offers members of the public seafood. He takes the money from them on the
spot promising to return with it when the boat gets in, he never returns with
the seafood. Usually he says the boat is coming in to Raglan and his most
common claim is that it is Crayfish he has for sale.

He often targets commercial and retail premises claiming that it has been
prearranged with a staff member who is not currently there.

Please be alert to scams such as these and never hand over money to a person
you don’t know, especially on a promise that they will come back. Even if
they can quote names of people who work at your premises it does not mean
that they are legitimate.

We strongly believe that there are other victims out there already, and would
ask them to report the incident to the nearest Police Station or phone 07
8586200 where you will be able to report it directly via the Crime Reporting
Line.

Any additional information can be passed to Sergeant Neil Fenwick of the
Hamilton Investigation Support Unit.

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