Bogus workmen in Innerleithen

BOGUS WORKMEN INCIDENT IN INNERLEITHEN – warning issued by SB Alerts on behalf of Police Scotland.

The incident took place around 1.30pm yesterday (Wednesday) when three men attended a house claiming that the property required extensive repairs to the roof and guttering.

They quoted the resident, a woman in her seventies, a four-figure sum then offered her a discount to go ahead with the sale before demanding the money upfront.

She has handed over a three-figure sum of cash and the men have offered to drive her to the bank to withdraw the rest of the money.

The woman has attended a bank in Peebles herself to withdraw this, at which point staff have become concerned and contacted police.

The first suspect is described as being around 30 years old, of heavier build, with dark hair, a beard/facial hair and was wearing dark clothing.

The second suspect is described as around 30 years old, 5ft 10ins tall, slim but well-built, with black wavy hair, and wearing a black jacket and black overalls with orange detail on the bottom of each leg.

The third suspect is described as in his thirties, 5ft 10ins to 6ft tall, with fair hair and was wearing a green body warmer.

They are believed to have been travelling in a blue transit-type flatbed truck which had no front number plate, an aluminium roof ladder which was angled over the cab and a yellow band on the flatbed.

Bogus callers will travel significant distances to commit this type of crime and tend to target the more vulnerable in our communities.  Below are some tips on how to protect yourself from Bogus Callers. Please consider passing this information to family, friends or neighbours who do not have access to this information.

  • Be on guard if someone turns up unexpectedly.
  • Keep front and back doors locked.
  • Use the door viewer or nearby window when answering the door.
  • Fit a door chain or bar – use it and keep it on when talking to callers at the door.
  • If you’re not sure, don’t answer the door.
  • Don’t feel embarrassed – genuine callers expect you to be careful.
  • Only let callers in if they have an appointment and you have confirmed they are genuine.
  • Always ask for identification badges of anyone you answer the door to, but don’t rely on them. Identity cards can be faked – phone the company to verify their identity.
  • Some companies offer a password system. Ask your utility providers if this can be used and if you have a password with a company make sure the caller uses it.
  • Never let people try to persuade you to let them into your home even if they are asking for help – they may not be genuine. If someone is persistent, ask them to call at another time and arrange for a friend or family member to be with you.
  • Never agree to pay for goods or give money to strangers who arrive at your door.
  • Don’t keep large amounts of money in your home.
  • Remember, it’s your home. There’s no reason why anyone should ever enter your home against your wishes.
  • If you’re not sure, don’t answer the door.

 

If you would like more informtion on how to keep yourself safe please visit the Police Scotland website at http://www.scotland.police.uk/keep-safe/personal-safety/doorstep-crime-and-bogus-callers or contact your local community officer on 101.

Anyone with information about this incident are asked to contact Galashiels CID via 101, quoting incident number 1845 of 29th November, or report this anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.