A man in Hawke's Bay is scamming unemployed people by offering to find them a job if they pay him $50 a week.
Flaxmere community constable Greg Andrew said several people had lost money after paying the man in the belief that he would find them jobs.
The man, described as a Maori in his 50s, has been targeting the Work and Income car park in Hastings, the central city, orchards and businesses.
"He approaches people asking if they are looking for a job," Andrew said.
"He then offers to find work for them on payment of a $50 weekly fee.
"This is particularly distressing for people as not only do they lose their money, but they are also given a false sense of hope that they will have a job."
The man is about 1.8 metres tall, of solid build and is balding. He drives a silver Subaru sedan and sometimes has a woman with him when he approaches people.
Andrew said the man was also visiting backpackers and offering to find work for overseas visitors on a working holiday.
"We are very keen to speak to this man about his activities, so any information about him would be very helpful. If you are approached by him, don't pay any money and send him on his way."
Anyone who has had dealings with the man or knew anything about him was asked to contact Andrew at the Flaxmere police station on 06 831 0700.