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.