Seafood lovers be warned - a prolific fraudster masquerading as a fish monger has returned to Hamilton.
The man has more than 250 previous fraud convictions and was continuing to offend, Senior Sergeant Rupert Friend said.
The fishy fraudster's normal mode of operation was to offer members of the public seafood.
He takes the money on the spot promising to return with the goods when the boat gets in, but the victims never see him or their cash again.
Crayfish is commonly used as bait to fool people. He often targets commercial and retail premises claiming that it has been prearranged with a staff member who is not currently there.
Police have warned people to be alert to such scams and to never hand money to a stranger, especially on a promise that they will come back.
They believed there were more victims and asked for people to report any such incidents.