Residents are being urged to be vigilant after a bogus workman walked away with £50 after targeting an elderly Stoke-on-Trent couple.
The offender called at their home in The Boulevard, Tunstall, at around 2.30pm on Monday 31 December.
He offered to clean out the drains at their property and the couple, aged in their 80s, paid him £50 to do so. However, the man failed to carry out the work.
He is described as white, aged in his late 30s to early 40s, around 5ft 8ins tall, heavily built with dark curly hair.
Anyone with information should ring Det Sgt Emily Clews on 01785 233031 or Staffordshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 307 of 31 December. Alternatively, they can ring independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
Residents are asked to remain vigilant at all times.
- Never trust anyone calling at the door without a prior appointment. Should you receive such a call leave the door locked. The caller will hear you through the door when you ask them who they are. If they state they are from a utilities company ask for your account number, they should have this, if not, do not let them in and tell them to leave, and that you are calling the Police.
- Do not allow anyone to carry work out on your home, or sell you anything when they cold call at the door. If you do require work to be done, INSTIGATE IT YOURSELF, by phoning three companies asking for like for like quotes. Then decide.
- Do not keep large amounts of cash in your home, you may think that you have the perfect hiding place, but these criminals will find it.
- Please remember there is no such company as the Water Board, Gas Board or Electric Board.
These words are only used by offenders.