Bogus workmen try to con pensioner out of over £10,000

An OAP in Drymen narrowly escaped being conned out of more than £10,000 recently when criminals cold called at his home.

Two men, who pretended to be working for Scottish Water, visited the 88-year-old man’s house several times between Sunday, May 25 and Wednesday, May 29, claiming that they needed to repair pipes at his home which provided drainage.

The despicable fraudsters produced completed paperwork to show the pensioner and even started digging holes at the side of his driveway before they phoned a fake ‘engineer’ to convince the elderly gent that they were genuine.

Police Scotland’s Inspector Pat Scroggie, said: “They told him that they had some issues with his water pipes and after claiming to complete the work they said that he owed them over £10,000.

“They offered the man a discount for paying there and then instead of receiving an invoice but thankfully he chose to pay by cheque which he subsequently cancelled it after he got suspicious.”

The police have released a description of the suspects.

Both were about 21 to 40 years old, one was around 5ft 9in tall. He was wearing a yellow/cream jacket, which may have even had a Scottish Water logo on the left breast.

The second man was described as about 5ft 10in tall, heavy build and wearing dungarees.

They arrived at the house in a white panelled van and, after speaking to the pensioner about the ‘work’ needing to be done, later returned in a smaller white van.

Inspector Scroggie added: “These men were quite established fraudsters and very well organised.

“They used engineering terminology to make themselves sound more convincing and they were very brazen as they returned to his house three or four times.

“We’d remind residents to be vigilant and to make the necessary checks if they are visited by cold callers.

“If you are looking for reassurance don’t hesitate to call us and a local officer could be sent round to your house quite quickly.

“Legitimate businesses won’t mind if you tell them you want to make some checks - such as calling their head office - if they are genuine this won’t be a problem.”

Call Central Scotland Police on 101 if you are suspicious about anyone who calls at your home.