Hunt for bogus workmen who stole money from elderly woman

The conmen targeted the 72-year-old pensioner on Thursday afternoon.

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Detectives are on the hunt for two bogus workmen who conned a pensioner in Aberdeenshire.

The 72-year-old woman had money stolen from her bank account following the incident in Brownhill Drive, Newmachar, at around 2.30pm on Thursday afternoon.

The first suspect was described as young, tall and thin, and with an Irish accent. He was wearing a black baseball cap.

The second suspect was described as stocky. He was wearing a black puffa-style jacket.

It is believed that the men had access to a white van.

Detective sergeant Scott McKay, of Aberdeen CID, said: “I am appealing to anyone who may have information relevant to the enquiry or who has CCTV, doorbell camera footage or dashcam footage to come forward as they may hold the key to identifying the individuals involved.  

“Likewise, I would appeal for anyone who has been a victim of this type of incident to contact Police Scotland.

“These type of criminals prey on the elderly and vulnerable and I urge communities to remain vigilant and to make sure that they look out for any vulnerable persons in their communities.  

“If workmen come to your address offering services and you are not certain of whether or not they are legitimate or you don’t want their services, please say no and report them to police as soon as possible. If in doubt, shut them out.”

If you have any information, call 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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