Wednesday 15th July 2020,
North Edinburgh Community News

Elderly Drylaw woman scammed by bogus workmen

Police are hunting two bogus workmen who conned an elderly Drylaw woman out of a three-figure sum of cash on Tuesday.

Just before 4pm, two men called at her home on Easter Drylaw Drive where they offered to do landscaping work. After she handed over the money the men left and did not return. 

The following day two men called at a home in Cramond Park but were asked to leave. 

And on Thursday a man called at an address in Craigs Avenue offering to carry out gardening and landscaping work but left when the occupier refused.

Detective Sergeant Dougal Begg at Corstorphine CID said: “This type of crime is despicable and is often targeted at the elderly and vulnerable in our communities. At this time we are trying to establish whether any of these incidents are linked.

“I urge members of the public to be on guard if someone turns up unexpectedly at their home offering to carry out work, especially work that they don’t believe is required.

“Ask for identification and/or a business card so that you can make the necessary checks for verification, don’t be afraid to say no and don’t be embarrassed as genuine callers expect you to be careful.

“If you’re not sure, don’t answer the door and report the incident to the police.”

Anyone who has any information relating to the above incidents or anyone who has concerns or feels that they have been a victim of a bogus crime or scam caller should contact police via telephone number 101.

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