An owner of a house in London called the HMLR property fraud line after becoming suspicious that someone had fraudulently sold the property which she owned and let out. It turned out the tenant was part of a fraud ring. Once he’d rented her house, using a false identity, he and an accomplice put the house on the market. The accomplice was a woman who had changed her name to the same as the owners by deed poll and then secured a passport in that name. HMLR did not register the sale as we suspected fraud, which meant that the owner still maintained legal ownership of the property. Unfortunately, the unwitting buyer had already paid £1.35m for the property.