Beware of The Scammer

Dorset Police received a report that at around 11.30am on Friday 12 January 2018 a man entered an office block in Holdenhurst Road and claimed to be selling discounted cigarettes and alcohol as a nearby store was closing down.

The victim, a 19-year-old woman, gave the man £120 for some cigarettes but he took the money and never returned.

At around 1.30pm on Thursday 25 January it was reported that a man entered a store in Poole Road and gave a similar story about a wine store closing down and that he had discounted wine for sale.

The victim, a woman aged in her 30s, gave the man £300 for some wine but again he took the money and never returned.

Police Constable Phillip Riggs, of Dorset Police, said: “We have made a number of enquiries into these incidents and I am now in a position to release CCTV images of the suspect.

“I am appealing to anyone who recognises the man pictured to please contact police.

“I would also make a direct plea to the man involved to do the right thing and come forward.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at, via email, or by calling 101, quoting occurrence number 55180013034. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or via