Police Scotland is issuing a warning to householders to be alert to bogus workmen after an elderly lady in Marjoriebanks in Lochmaben was conned out of over £3000 by two bogus workmen who called at her home on the pretence of carrying out roofing repairs on Monday 29 February 2016. The two following described men called at the ladies home at around midday and indicated that they were there to carry out roof repairs. A price was agreed and paid, however the two men disappeared and no work was carried out.

The men are described as being in their 40s, around 5’8″/5’9″ tall, one being skinny built and the other podgy built. Both were wearing dark clothing and woolly hats. Both are described as being scruffy.

Constable James Wishart at Lockerbie said “this is a particularly despicable crime and took advantage of the trust of an elderly lady who took the two men at face value. We are keen to hear from anyone who may have seen or heard anything suspicious in or around the Lochmaben area on Monday, and in particular in the Marjoriebanks area. Anyone who can assist should give us a call at Lockerbie on 101. Again we warn the public about the dangers of using unknown tradesmen who cold call looking for work. Anyone who requires a tradesman should consider using Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Trusted Trader Scheme. These tradesmen are individually checked out for their trustworthiness and compliance with consumer protection and fair trading laws. Further details of the Trusted Trader scheme can be obtained through the following link www.dumgal.gov.uk/trustedtrader .”


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