Scam warning after con by cold callers

Householders are being warned that doorstep criminals are currently targeting and operating in the Angus area.

Angus Council issued the warning after two vulnerable people in the county were conned out of more than £2,000.

A spokeswoman for the local authority said: “We’re asking residents to be aware of doorstep callers offering services such as roofing work, drive or patio cleaning or general building work.

“Residents in Monifieth, Arbroath and Forfar were recently targeted with over £2,000 conned from two vulnerable people.

“Doorstep criminals are very clever. Often they will ask for cash before carrying out a job and are likely to leave without doing any work.

“You are unlikely to know doorstep callers and you cannot be confident that they are qualified or competent to carry out the work.

“If you think you require any maintenance work on your property please consult the Angus Reputable Trader Scheme where the companies listed have been audited for competence and customer care.

“If you or someone you know has received such visits please do not be afraid to ask for help. If you have any information that you think maybe useful please contact our ACCESSLine on 08452 777 778. Police Scotland on 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

Police Scotland recently launched Operation Monarda to crack down on cold calling across Scotland.

The campaign is driving home the message “If In Doubt, Keep Them Out” and recommends that if someone arrives unexpectedly, ensure windows and doors are secure, make use of door chains and bars, do not allow anyone entry to unless their identity has been verified by telephone.

The public can also keep up to date with scams in Angus on @ScamFreeAngus