POLICE are urging the public to be on their guard after a Hawick pensioner was scammed by a bogus workman.
The latest incident happened last Friday when a male, described as being in his late teens/early twenties, 6ft, slim build with short dark hair, attended at the home address of a 95-year-old woman and offered to repair some cracked roof tiles.
The pensioner agreed to have the work carried and a short time later the male returned to the door and told her that he had managed to replace ten roof tiles and, as a result, required £200 in payment.
She then asked him to repair a leaking gutter, to which he agreed and told her that he would return on Sunday to complete this.
However, he requested a payment of £100 up front, which she paid. But he subsequently failed to return as previously arranged.
Police Inspector Paula Clark told the Hawick News householders should think carefully before agreeing to have any work done.
She: “Although the numbers of incidents relating to bogus activity remain low, we would like to remind people that any time an unsolicited caller arrives at their door, the occupier should first consider if they really need any work carried out to their property.
“If they believe work is required, we would advise that they contact known local tradesmen and receive at least three quotations for the works required.”
Inspector Clark also called on townsfolk to report any nuisance calls and note down as much details as possible so that police can catch those responsible and bring them to justice.
She added: “I would also encourage occupiers who are receiving unsolicited callers to their property, to take the time to note a description of the individual, note down the registration number of any unfamiliar vehicles parked nearby and contact the police as soon as possible.”
Anyone with information about last Friday’s incident or who may have any concerns regarding bogus workmen should telephone the police station on 375051 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.