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Vulnerable man in Inverness conned by bogus workers

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Image caption Police have appealing for information about a group of men seen in Inverness on Tuesday

A man in his 90s has been conned out of a four figure sum of money by a group of bogus workmen, police have said.

The men were described as being aged in their 20s and 30s, had Scottish accents and were using a large red van.

They did not finish the job they were paid to do in the Fairfield Road area of the city on Tuesday morning.

Det Insp Mark Czerniakiewicz said the group appeared to have taken advantage of a vulnerable man, who they charged a "vastly inflated price".

He said: "The victim was cold called by a group of men at his home address where they offered to carry out minor maintenance work, such as cleaning gutters.

"During conversation, the fraudsters offered to carry out further work at a vastly inflated price.

"It appears they took advantage of the man's vulnerability and got away with thousands of pounds, leaving the area without completing the works."

The detective has appealed for information about the group, who were seen driving around the Fairfield Road between 09:00 and 10:00 on Tuesday.

He also warned people to be on their guard against bogus workers.