A callous bogus workman preyed on his elderly victim for TWO YEARS taking over £10,000 for jobs he never carried out.
The 79-year-old woman was repeatedly visited at her home in Wolfe Road, Falkirk, by the man who offered to carry out work on her property.
However, he never did any of the jobs despite taking a five-figure sum of cash from her.
Now police are appealing for help in tracing the suspect – and urging neighbours to keep a watchful eye on elderly and vulnerable members of the community.
The only description they have for the bogus workman is that he is white and in his forties.
Sergeant David Ferguson said: “This has only just been brought to our attention and sadly a significant sum of money has already been taken from the woman.
“Anyone who remembers any suspicious activity around Wolfe Road or who can help us trace the male responsible is asked to contact police immediately.”
He reminded the public never to allow cold callers into their homes or provide them with any cash or goods for services unless they are entirely sure they are genuine.
A spokesperson for Age Scotland said: “Scams can come in many forms, from rogue traders on your doorstep to phone scammers trying to steal account details. These often have a devastating impact on older people.
“Through our helpline, Silver Line Scotland, we often hear stories of people who have been victims of real and attempted scams. People don’t only lose money and time as a result of this criminal behaviour, but can also face diminished self-esteem and a loss of dignity.
“It’s important for people to report these incidents as soon as possible, either by calling your local Trading Standards team or Silver Line Scotland on 0800 4 70 80 90. You can also call Silver Line Scotland to request free guides for staying safe and avoiding scams.”
Anyone who saw anything suspicious or has information is asked to contact police on 101 or information can be given anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.