Concerns are growing in Perth after phony roof repairers target the Perth area.
Police Scotland is offering advice to residents following a number of recent reports of bogus workmen who are operating in the Perth area.
Yesterday afternoon (Monday, December 14), a rogue trader went to an address in Tibbermore Gardens and received a two figure sum of cash after falsely claiming that he would carry out roof tile repairs.
Three men cold called at an address in Cedar Drive on Saturday morning (December 12) and offered to carry out work on the roof after advising the occupants that the tiles needed replaced. They insisted on a four figure sum of money in cash before completing any work. One of the suspects accompanied the victim to his bank to withdraw a sum of money. Due to concerns raised by the bank fortunately no additional funds were released.
Having fraudulently obtained this money the suspects left the roof in a state of disrepair.
One of the men is described as being about 5 feet 11 inches tall, of heavy build, and at the time was wearing a high visibility jacket. He had access to a blue Ford transit flatbed-style vehicle.
The second man was about five feet 10 inches tall and of stocky build and the third man is described as being about five feet 10 inches tall of slim build.
In Albany Terrace, a man in his 20s attended at an address on Friday afternoon (December 11) and asked for a three-figure sum of money from the occupier after claiming that he had carried out work cleaning guttering at the house.
He is described as being of medium build, with short dark hair and clean shaven.
Rogue traders usually cold-call, offering to make repairs or carry out work on your house, garden or driveway. In reality they charge inflated prices for sub-standard or often completely unnecessary work.
Please do not be persuaded or intimidated into handing over money on the spot or upfront in exchange for claims that work will be carried out around your home or garden. Criminals who commit doorstep crime are very convincing, believable and take advantage of the most vulnerable and trusting people often in their own homes.
Please look out for your neighbours and report any concerns you may have regarding to police. Police Scotland work closely with partner agencies to tackle these offenders.
Contact your local council to see if they have a Trusted Trader Scheme in your area where you will find a list of accredited trades people.
For valuable information on doorstep crime and how you can prevent yourself from becoming a victim visit: http://www.scotland.police.uk/whats-happening/campaigns/2015/beat-doorstep-crime
Anyone who has information that could assist officers with their enquiries into these incidents should contact Police Scotland on 101. Anyone who has any concerns about suspicious activity or persons in their area is also asked to contact Police Scotland. In an emergency contact 999.