Police appeal to trace suspected fraudster
Police are appealing for information after a family were defrauded by a man claiming to work for Birmingham City Council.
The suspect knocked on the door of the family home in Edgbaston claiming they owed a large fine because the children had not attended school, and they would be deported if it was not paid.
The family did not suspect the claim was fraudulent because the man had specific personal details about them including names.
The family handed over the full amount and the suspect forced them to sign a document he claimed was a deportation order. As a result the parents sent their four children to live in Slovakia with extended family.
After the incident on 7 March their suspicions grew and they eventually decided to report it to police and supplied a picture they took of the suspect at the time.
Checks have been made and the man is not employed by the council. While the council may visit people’s homes when investigating concerns relating to school attendance and can separately issue fines for non-attendance, officers will never ask for payment on the doorstep. People should always check callers’ identification and, if in doubt, do not let them in.
If you know who this man is, please contact DC Rabnawaz via email email@example.com. Alternatively you can speak to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. Please quote crime number 20BW/64092C/17.