Bogus callers con OAP

FIFE Police urged Kirkcaldy residents to be vigilant after an elderly lady was targeted by bogus callers.

Kirkcaldy officers are appealing for witnesses after men pretending to be from Fife Council gained entry into her Links Street home and stole money.

The bogus officials struck on Thursday, at around 11 a.m.

A man knocked on the door claiming he was from the local authority and needed to gain entry to the house as there was a problem with the water supply.

After he left, he met up with two white men directly outside, and all three ran off in the direction of Pratt Street.

Witness appeal

The OAP then realised another person had been in her house at the time, and money had been stolen.

Police are now looking for witnesses who saw the trio.

The man who knocked on the door is described as being in his early 20s and of Asian appearance, approximately 5’6” tall.

Detective Sergeant Scott Davidson told the Press that although this type of distraction theft is not too common, residents should be vigilant when it comes to letting people into their home.

ID badges

He said: “If somebody is coming to your door and wanting access to your home, not only should they be carrying an identification badge but residents should also look out for a uniform or a works van with the company name on it.

‘‘Residents should ask as many questions as they can - ask what the person’s work phone number is and if you can speak to their supervisor, for example.

‘‘Don’t let somebody in unless you are 100 per cent sure they are genuine.”

Det Sgt Davidson added residents should also keep an eye out for elderly neighbours, but emphasised this seemed to be an isolated incident.

Anyone who was in the Links Street area of Kirkcaldy prior to and after 11 a.m. on Thursday and who saw these men is asked to contact the police on 0845 600 5702.