Elderly Falkirk residents fall victim to bogus callers

Bogus callers have been targeting the Falkirk area
Bogus callers have been targeting the Falkirk area

Police have issued a warning to elderly residents in the Falkirk area after a couple were targeted by bogus workmen on Monday.

The incident happened just after 2 p.m. when a man called on the couple, aged 85 and 79, claiming to be from a drainage company and convinced them urgent maintenance had to be carried out. A four-figure sum was agreed and cash was handed over.

Another man showed up at the property on Tuesday and carried out a small amount of work before leaving. He returned on Wednesday and requested more money but was challenged by a neighbour and left the area.

The first man was white, between 40 and 60-years-old, six feet tall with short brown hair and the second caller was white, between 20 and 40 with a slim build and short brown hair.

Another incident happened on Thursday in Finlarig Court, Stenhousemuir, when a man called on an 88-year-old woman and said he was there to carry out an assessment on her roof. He then told her the roof required work and accepted a three-figure sum in cash to carry out the repairs.

The bogus workman on this occasion was white, in his late 40s, 5ft 10 ins with a slim build and short brown hair.

Police are currently investigating both matters and looking to see if there is any connection.

Inspector John Kellet said: “People are reminded never to let anyone into their home unless they are entirely certain they are who they claim to be and do not allow unsolicited callers to carry out work on your properties.

“Our communities are also asked to be vigilant on behalf of vulnerable family members, friends and neighbours and report any suspicious activities or people around their homes to police.”