A bogus missionary bellieved to be targeting churches and hoteliers could be in the area.
Police said a man recently attended the United Reform Church in the Redcar area of Cleveland and spoke with the minister.
The man told the minister that he was a missionary and that he was in ill health and his wife had passed away in Kenya.
The man promised that his son was on his way over from Canada and would settle any bills and money he owed.
The minister gave the man money to pay for bills and food. 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.
He is described as a white South European man, around 6ft tall, with dark brown hair with grey patches and medium build. He wore dark glasses and smart casual clothing,
Contact Cleveland Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.