Beware bogus workmen

Elderly people need to beware of bogus callers

Elderly people need to beware of bogus callers

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Falkirk’s elderly are being warned to beware after another bogus workman struck this week.

The incident on Monday follows two bogus workman scams which hit the Falkirk area in the space four days last week.

The most recent crime saw a 74-year-old woman conned out of a three-figure-sum of money at her home in Philip Street, Falkirk.

The incident happened between 11.30 p.m. and noon when a man offered to carry out roofing works and she handed over cash in advance.

The man, around 40, 5ft 5ins, stocky with short dark hair, failed to carry out the works and left. He was wearing a grey or green jacket, spoke with a local accent and was carrying a set of ladders.

Police are also on the trail of a man they believe stole another 74-year-old woman’s handbag from her home in Newhouse Street, Grangemouth, at 3.15 p.m. on Monday, April 2, after he offered to carry out roof and garden work for the her.

Just four days earlier, around 4 p.m. on Thursday, March 29, in Blairdenon Crescent, Falkirk, an 80-year-old woman had her handbag stolen after a man came to her door using a similar approach.

Police stated this week they did not know if the two crimes were linked or committed by the same man, but the descriptions of the bogus workman in both incidents are remarkably similar - right down to what he was wearing.

In the first incident the man was aged around 30 with fair hair and wearing a checked shirt.

In the second incident the man was aged between 21 and 40 years old, around 5ft 10ins, of stocky build with fair or blond short hair. He was wearing a red, white and pink lumberjack style jacket or shirt, dark jeans or trousers and sandy coloured boots.

He was seen getting into a green coloured pick-up truck.

A Central Scotland Police spokeswoman said: “Our advice to make it more difficult for people like this is to only answer the door when you are ready to do so. If you have a security chain fitted, use it and always ask the caller for identification.”

Anyone with information can contact Central Scotland Police on (01786) 456000 or information can be given anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.