A fraudulent fishmonger is on the loose again and at least two people have already been caught in his seafood scam.
Hamilton Police are warning people to stear clear of the man who they say has an extensive criminal history of fraud and obtaining by deception offences.
Previous scams of this nature left dozens of people out of pocket from around the country.
In the past two weeks police have received complaints from a victim who paid the 49-year-old man $80 for whitebait that never arrived and another victim who paid the same amount for crayfish that never showed up, Sergeant Neil Fenwick of the City's Investigation Support Unit said.
"This man has an extensive criminal history with predominantly for fraud or obtaining by deception offences,'' Mr Fenwick said.
''Two years ago he was the subject of national media attention after Hamilton Police highlighted similar concerns and we ended up with 35 complaints from all around the country which he was convicted for.''
Mr Fenwick said the man appears to be targeting commercial premises where he takes orders for whitebait and crayfish with a ''cash up front'' next day delivery offer - he then takes the victims' money and fails to deliver the goods.
Police recommend people purchase goods from licensed, reputable vendors in all cases.
If you've been caught by the fraudulent fishmonger then call Mr Fenwick direct on 07 859 7818.
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