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The fake landlord scam strikes again

This devious crook has just stolen up to £10,000 in a week by posing as the landlord of somebody else's property. The conman, calling himself Alok Sharma, took out a one-week holiday let of a flat in central London which he later ­re-advertised on the Gumtree website at a bargain rate. At least half a dozen people then viewed the property, each paying around £1,800 in rent and a deposit. The cruel trick was only discovered after the real landlady returned home and new "tenant" Juan let himself in with his own key. Read more:


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