Residents in the Dunnikier Road area of Kirkcaldy are being warned to be on their guard against bogus workmen after at least two elderly people were targeted by a conman.
The man, claiming to be a roofer, knocked on the door of one 88-year-old woman last Monday morning and told her that she had slates on her roof which needed fixing. He gave her a price and he would return at 4.30 p.m. She asked him for an invoice.
I’m really worried that if I hadn’t been here that this man could have conned my mum out of a lot of moneyDaughter of elderly resident
He returned at 9.30 p.m. saying he had done the work and asking for the money which had risen to almost double the original quote.
However the woman’s daughter had returned home and questioned him on what company he was from at which point he changed his story and said they didn’t need to pay until all the work was complete.
He was asked to leave, but returned at 11.30 p.m. when the two women refused to answer the door.
Police were contacted and said officers would come to see her.
But the daughter said that it wasn’t until about a week later - when they discovered their garage door lying open - that officers visited and offered advice about home security.
“I’m really worried that if I hadn’t been here that this man could have conned my mum out of a lot of money,” she said.
In a second incident another elderly resident of the same street was asked for money for roof repairs which hadn’t been carried out.
The man knocked on the door of an elderly woman and said he had carried out repairs, but a family member intervened and no money was handed over.
Sergeant Jimmy Adamson, head of community policing, said: “Should anyone believe that bogus workmen are operating in their area, Police Scotland would urge them not to engage with them, but call 101 to report the matter.
David Torrance, Kirkcaldy MSP, added: “I’ve heard of two cases recently.
‘‘Targeting the elderly is just a despicable thing to do. It was lucky that these people had the savvy not to give them money. Others may not be so lucky.”
Police warn against conmen
Kirkcaldy Community police are working with agencies, including Trading Standards and Crimestoppers, to reduce the number of victims, empower local communities and provide reassurance and maintain public confidence.
PS Adamson and PCs Kaye and McCulloch have recently spoke to Alzheimer’s Scotland, and will be working in their own community areas to reinforce good practice and offer safety advice and tips.