Leeds fraud victims thought they were buying laptops – but got bags full of bottles and catalogues

Police have produced e-fit images of the two men

Police have produced e-fit images of the two men

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Police are looking for bogus technology salesmen who have conned a string of victims in Leeds into handing over hundreds of pounds for worthless items like catalogues and bottles of water.

E-fits have been produced of two men who took a total of more than £1,400 from three victims in the space of five weeks.

All three were offered goods including laptops, mobile phones and tablet computers at bargain prices.

In each case, the victims were led to a car and shown genuine items along with a receipt.

But, after handing over cash, they were given cases containing worthless items like drinks containers and brochures.

The thieves drove off before their victims realised.

PC Stuart Bennett, of Leeds neighbourhood investigations team, said: “The e-fit images of these men are quite distinctive and I would like to hear from anyone who knows who they are or who has been approached by them in similar circumstances.

“We would also like to remind people not to be taken in by this scam and never to buy goods offered to them on the street. Not only do they leave themselves open to fraud but there is a strong likelihood that any goods that are sold in this way will be stolen.”

In the first incident a 61-year-old man handed over £270 in Theaker Lane, Armley, at about 1pm on Monday, April 6.

Two days later the men tricked a 27-year-old woman out of £350 in Town Street, Armley.

Then, on May 8, a 23-year-old man parted with £800 when he was conned by the pair in Cromer Terrace, Hyde Park.

One of the men was described as being aged in his fifties, fat and about 5ft 8ins tall, with an Irish accent. He was said to have a craggy face and scars on his cheek.

The other was described as being aged in his late twenties to thirties, about 5ft 8ins to 6ft tall, with a reddish face and dirty blonde hair. He was said to have an Irish accent though on one occasion his accent was described as Polish.

The vehicles used have been described as a maroon Ford Fiesta, a turquoise/green old style five-door Ford Focus and a small black car.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact PC Bennett at Elland Road police station via 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.

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