SCAMMERS in Romsey have targeted a “vulnerable” man, charging him for hundreds of pounds.

A Romsey man, who has been described as vulnerable, was targeted by three males who turned up at his address and claimed to be at his house to trim down his trees.

The men then charged £350 for the work that did not take place.

The group were then challenged by a family member of the vulnerable male and an argument erupted.

Police say that during the argument that followed, the family member of the victim threatened to call the police and at this point, the males got into an awaiting white transit Van before speeding off from the victims address.

No money was handed over.

It took place on New Road in Romsey on Monday, January 6.

A police spokesperson said: “If you have any information about this incident then please contact police on 101 and quote the following reference number: 44200006272.”

Police have issued the following advice for people knocking on the door;

  • Not to buy from the door
  • If you are not sure who is at the door, don’t open it
  • Keep your doors locked and windows secure at all times
  • If you suspect a bogus caller has visited you, even if you didn’t let them in, call the police straight away
  • Always use the door chain when answering the door

This comes as a scammer has been knocking on doors across a Test Valley village, claiming to be selling garden furniture.