Bogus worker cons elderly Worksop woman

AN elderly woman was conned out of a large amount of money by a bogus workman who said he would carry out repairs on her roof.

The conman visited the 86-year-old woman at her house in Prospect, Worksop, between 11.50am and 12.30pm yesterday, Tuesday 22nd February.

He claimed her son had asked him to carry out work on her roof. He then drove her to two separate cash points in the town to withdraw a large sum of money, which she then handed over to him.

The man said he would return in the morning to carry out the work, but he has not been seen or heard from since.

The woman’s son has since confirmed he has not contacted any workmen about his mother’s roof.

Police have been carrying out house-to-house enquiries and are appealing to anyone with information about the bogus caller to come forward.

“Unfortunately con artists often target the elderly and vulnerable to steal money or goods,” said Worksop beat manager PC Jason Crofts.

“Anyone who genuinely works for a legitimate business or company will be more than happy to verify their identity and won’t mind if you check their identity badge or phone their employer to confirm they are who they say they are.”

“If a caller claims to have been contacted on your behalf by a friend or a family member, please ensure you check with them first that this is true and don’t just take their word for it.”

“Never risk your safety and your property for the sake of taking a few moments to check someone’s identity. And never let anyone pressurise you into handing over cash - you are not being rude, you are being careful.”

The man is described as white, in his mid 40s, is of medium build, with dark, straight jaw-length hair. He had a clean-shaven, plump face, spoke with a local accent and drove a silver car.

Anyone with information should contact Notts Police on 0300 300 99 99, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.