A CONMAN who cheated his unknowing victims out of thousands of pounds through an internet scam is being sought by police.

Detectives are appealing for help to find 53-year-old Stephen Reynolds who is wanted in connection with a number of online fraud offences.

Reynolds is believed to be behind a scam which is currently claiming a new victim every week.

People are duped on sites such as eBay and Gumtree into buying a number of items at a very cheap price.

When they make contact with ‘the seller’ via email, he exchanges numbers with them and talks them through the non-existent goods, which can range from second-hand juke boxes and bicycles to caravans and luxury cars.

Reynolds then asks for half, or sometimes all of the money, to be transferred into his personal bank account, because, he tells them, he does not own a PayPal account.

His customers never receive the goods they have paid for. Reynolds, who also goes by the name of Stephen Scott, is known to frequent Newtown in Wales, Bristol, Birmingham, Devon and Cornwall.

It is unclear where he is from orginally. Officers are looking into 17 incidents where victims have been conned into handing over money for items bought online, which they then never received.

Anyone with any information about Stephen Reynolds’ whereabouts should call the economic crime unit at West Midlands Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.