Hampshire Police are hunting a fraudster who conned a 92-year-old man out of £100

Elderly man conned by bogus trader

Elderly man conned by bogus trader

First published in News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Health Reporter

POLICE are investigating a fraud against a 92-year-old Hampshire man.

The victim was visited at home by a man claiming to be from a roof repair company, who told the resident he was entitled to a grant for work on his roof.

He then apparently took images of the roof space on a laptop, quoting £2,700 for the work that was needed upfront.

But when the homeowner said he did not have the money the suspect took a £100 cash deposit, promising to return later but never doing so.

The incident occurred at a house in Preston Road, Copnor, near Portsmouth, at 10.30am on Tuesday, July 29.

Detective Constable David Higgins said: “The homeowner may have been targeted specifically because of his age. We would appeal to anyone who has had a similar caller to their door or lives locally and may have seen the offender to contact us.”

The caller was described as white, around 5ft 3ins tall, of stocky build, aged in his 40s, clean shaven with light brown short hair and wearing an open neck shirt and grey trousers.

Anyone with information should contact CID at Fratton Police Station on 101, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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11:30pm Wed 30 Jul 14

sparkster says...

may I make a suggestion for elderly folk. Keep your chain on front door and keep back door locked. If anyone calls claiming to be from any company ask for ID if they cant produce ID close the front door. If they can produce ID ring the firm concerned and ask the company if that person works for them, if so then it's up to the elderly person to decide if they want to go ahead
may I make a suggestion for elderly folk. Keep your chain on front door and keep back door locked. If anyone calls claiming to be from any company ask for ID if they cant produce ID close the front door. If they can produce ID ring the firm concerned and ask the company if that person works for them, if so then it's up to the elderly person to decide if they want to go ahead sparkster
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