Tayside and Central Scotland

Bogus workmen con elderly Dundee couple out of £500

An elderly couple in Dundee were conned out of almost £500 by bogus workmen.

The incident happened in the Lochinver Crescent area on Wednesday when two men, between 25 and 30, called at the couple's home in a van claiming to be maintenance workers.

They claimed to identify a problem in the roof and the victim gave them a three-figure sum, believed to be about £500, in advance of the work.

Police are investigating and have urged householders to be on their guard.

The first man was described as being 5ft 6in tall, with short hair which was longer on top. He was wearing three gold rings on his wedding finger.

The second suspect was 6ft tall and of slim build. Officers are keen to trace a Volkswagen Caddy van which was seen in the area.

The victims were in their 70s.

A Police Scotland spokeswoman said: "Every year, Tayside division receives complaints from householders who have been left out-of-pocket due to so-called workmen who vanished, leaving jobs half-done, or badly finished, typically having received a large cash sum in advance.

"Very often it is the home addresses of the elderly and more vulnerable members of the community that they call on."

She urged householders to be suspicious of unexpected callers, to look out for their neighbours, especially the elderly, and to satisfy themselves that visiting workmen were reputable.

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