HOUSEHOLDERS in north east Fife are being warned to be aware of callers at their door offering to carry out work on their home or garden.
Police Scotland officers in the have become aware of a recent increase in number of people visiting homes either offering to do work or asking if the householder requires any work carried out.
This type of activity is often associated with an increase in householders becoming victim to distraction type thefts or fraudulent activity. This can involve being persuaded to have unnecessary and poorly executed work carried out which is greatly overpriced or being asked to pay in advance for materials only for the ‘workmen’ to disappear and the work is never carried out.
PC Paul Buttercase, Community Safety Officer for north east Fife, said: “The people carrying out this type of crime are often referred to as bogus workmen, however they are callous criminals who deliberately target elderly and vulnerable members of the community.
“Initially they may appear friendly and helpful but their only intention is to take as much money as possible from their victim and this can eventually involve them becoming intimidating and on occasion aggressive.
“Recently we have become aware of people carrying out this type of crime targeting bank cards and PIN numbers.
“Genuine tradespeople who carry out work at your home will never require you to part with either your bank card or PIN number.”
Anyone who is unsure of where to obtain bona fide trades to carry out work on their property may want to consider contacting the Trusted Trader scheme that is run by Fife Council Trading Standards. More information can be obtained by contacting them on 01592 583141 or online at www.fifedirect.ork.uk/trustedtrader.
Further security advice can be obtained by contacting Police Scotland on 101 and asking for your local Community Safety Officer.