Two residents scammed by bogus workmen ‘carrying out unnecessary work’

A group of conmen targeted two homes in the Whinnyknowe area of Glenrothes last week.

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Police are hunting a group of bogus workmen who defrauded two people out of money in Fife.

The conmen targeted two homes in the same street in the Whinnyknowe area of Glenrothes last week.

Four men gained entry into a 65-year-old man’s home in Greenwell Park on January 17 and told him that he needed a small gutter repair, which they carried out for free.

They then tricked the victim into parting with a four-figure sum of money for roof work that did not need done.

In a second incident on January 22, the men went to a different address on the same street and entered a 74-year-olds property, where they took money for “unnecessary work”.

Police described one of the suspects as white, aged mid-30s, around 5ft 6ins, with short curly brown hair, speaking with a slight Irish accent, and wearing dark “tradesman” style clothing.

The group were seen in the area in a large dark-coloured estate type car.

Sergeant Peter Wordie from Glenrothes police station said: “This is an appalling crime that targeted some of the most vulnerable people in our community. We are keen to speak to anyone who may have seen these men and can help with our investigation.

“If you were driving in the area recently and have dash-cam footage that might help please get in touch. We would also like to hear from people with private CCTV or doorbell-footage that might assist our investigation.

“These criminals are often extremely plausible and we are asking people in the community to be on their guard and be aware of bogus workmen in the area.

“I would advise the local community to be vigilant when approached by anyone offering this kind of work. Always ask for credentials and never hand over money upfront. If you are not sure about the price they are charging consider getting a second opinion.

“We are carrying out extra patrols in this area. If you think anyone is being targeted by bogus workmen or have any concerns please contact us or speak to an officer direct.” 

Anyone who can assist with information is asked to contact Police Scotland on 101, quoting incident number 2141, of Tuesday, 25 January, 2022, or make a call anonymously to the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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