Pensioner moments away from handing over cash in rot scam

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A warning has gone out to elderly residents in Galloway after a scammer was moments away from taking a cash sum from a pensioner in Kirkcudbright.

Police said a male knocked on the door of a property on Rossway Road in the town and stated to the householder that the property was suffering dry rot.

He went up to the loft and returned with a piece of dry wood and claimed it was from the roof, offering to do repair work for a four figure sum.

The householder agreed and the conman drove her to a local building society to withdraw the cash.

Thankfully staff were alert to the scam and questioned the male who was waiting outside. He quickly said he would leave it for the day and drove away.

He was described as around five foot eight inches tall, with short black hair and a full beard. He was wearing jeans and a t-shirt and had a Scottish accent. Anyone with any information on this male is asked to contact police.

Police advice is to never let anyone into your property you do not know and fully trust. Always ask for identificationand only deal with trusted and established tradesmen. Ask for references, check up on the person or company online or by speaking to trusted friends and family and always aim to get at least three quotes for any supposed work that is required. Always agree a figure prior to any work commencing and only pay once it is finished and you are completely satisfied. Remember bogus workmen usually offer a poor standard of work, excessively charge and can also leave behind a bad reputation for genuine tradesmen and take away work from them. If you see any suspicious tradesmen, report them to police.