Police are warning churches and hoteliers in South Yorkshire to be on their guard against a bogus missionary.
A Minister in the Redcar area was conned after a man told him he was a missionary and in ill health and that his wife had passed away in Kenya.
He was given money to pay for bills and food then vanished.
It is believed that the same man had stayed at a local bed and breakfast, ran up a bill and left with the keys to the property.
Officers believe that the man has now left the Cleveland area and could be anywhere in the country.
The man is described as a white South European male, around 6ft tall, with dark brown hair which had grey patches and of medium build. He wore dark glasses and smart casual clothing, trousers and shirts rather than jeans.