Police have released an image of a man they want to speak to regarding a fraud which took place in March costing companies £50,000.
Fraudulent credit cards were used in the scam to buy large quantities of meat and beauty products over the phone from businesses in North Yorkshire. The products were then delivered to Southend in Essex.
However, a quick-thinking taxi driver who had been delivering the products became suspicious and took a photo of the man collecting the meat from the address in Southend-on-Sea.
North Yorkshire Police Financial Investigator, Kevin Ross, said: “This fraud has had a significant impact on these businesses who sent large quantities of premium products in good faith and have now lost thousands of pounds which they have no way of recovering.
“These fraudsters are clearly very well-organised and have used the Covid-19 situation to their benefit, claiming the virus as a reason for having the goods delivered quickly and to a pick-up driver at the side of the road.
“The taxi driver’s quick thinking initiative which has resulted in this very clear photo, could well be the difference between us finding the unscrupulous individuals behind this crime and I would urge anyone who can help identify the man to get in touch immediately.”
If you can help identify the man pictured, please call 101, press option 2 and dial the extension 4170 to leave a message for Kevin Ross.