Hampshire police issued an urgent appeal to the public in a bid to trace this man, who is wanted in connection with a major fraud probe.
The suspect is believed to be part of a gang that has ripped people off from ‘a number of European countries’ through a fake farming business.
Police have been scarce on details of the crime, which they have been investigating for the past year.
Man dies after dog attack at Hillson Drive recreation ground in Fareham - owner is arrested
Fareham dog walker and trainer Ian 'Wiggy' Symes thought to be killed by XL American Bully breed dog
Police have found a missing Southsea woman
Fareham dog attack: Shrine set up in memory of man who died - named locally as Wiggy Symes
Heartfelt tributes paid to Wiggy Symes who died after Fareham dog attack
However, a spokesman said the criminal enterprise centred on the ‘fraudulent advertising of caravans and farming equipment online.’
And with the net closing, investigators believe he may be operating from an HQ in either Portsmouth or Fareham.
A spokesman for Hampshire police said: ‘Customers in a number of European countries have parted with large sums of money after ordering goods online which were then never supplied.
‘Hampshire Constabulary began investigating in June 2019, and the investigation has led our enquiries to the Fareham and Portsmouth areas.
‘We are appealing to people in these areas in particular to contact us if they know who this man is’.
The plea has been backed by cabinet minister Penny Mordaunt and Fareham Borough Council’s boss, Councillor Sean Woodward.
Portsmouth North MP Ms Mordaunt, who is the government’s paymaster general, said: ‘Fraud of this nature is awful at the best of times but there is something especially wicked about conning food producers – who have such slim margins – during a time of international crisis.
‘The perpetrator must be brought to justice and I would urge anyone who can help to assist the police in this task.’
Cllr Woodward, who is a Hampshire county councillor responsible for trading standards, said the police appeal came amid a rise in frauds across the area during lockdown.
Callous crooks, masquerading as Good Samaritans, are conning people trapped in isolation out of their money by offering to buy vital supplies and groceries for them.
Cllr Woodward said: ‘We have certainly seen an upsurge in scams during this period. People are offering to get people’s food for them, taking card details, not turning up with food and emptying people’s bank accounts.
‘Sadly, people are taking advantage of the situation. It's important that these tricksters are brought to book.’
Speaking of the latest appeal from police, Cllr Woodward added: ‘I would certainly urge people to get in touch with police if they have any information about this man.’
Two pictures, both of the same suspect, have been released by police.
They show a white man with a dark beard. One image shows the suspect with a longer fringe, while the other, he is pictured with shorter hair.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101, quoting 44190222873.
Alternatively, people can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or via their anonymous online form at crimestoppers-uk.org