Police hunt for ‘precious stone’ scammer

New CCTV images of man wanted in connection with alleged stone fraud

We have now obtained images of a man we want to trace in connection with an alleged fraud which reportedly scammed a man out of £4,000 in Hull.

We released an appeal in October to find a group of men in connection with the suspected bogus sale of ‘precious stones’.

These are the best images we have of this man.

Do you recognise this individual? Can you help? Officer believe that a group of suspects have tried this scam before.

Please call us quoting reference 16/108245/19.

The original press release from Humberside Police can be found below.

24 October 2019

We are issuing a warning about a potential scam whereby a man reported he was conned out of thousands of pounds by three men claiming they could make him a profit if he invested money into precious stones.

The incident was reported to us on Wednesday 25 September. The victim said he met a man in Hull near St Stephen’s shopping centre the night before, who persuaded him to pay £4,000 to invest in valuable stones.

The victim met the man and two other men on 25 September in the shopping centre around 3pm and handed over the cash. The suspects left with the money promising to meet up with the victim later, but disappeared.

The victim hasn’t been able to contact them since.
We have reviewed CCTV in the area but have yet to identify the three suspects.

One is described as black, quite short, with a short beard. He spoke with what’s thought to be a South African accent. Another man was also black, short, of large build and clean shaven. He also spoke with a South African accent.

The third man was white, tall, and also of large build.

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