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Warning as woman, 87, is conned out of money

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: June 24, 2014

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POLICE have issued a warning after a conman stole money from an elderly woman, after claiming she owed him money for roof repairs he had not done.

Officers said people should always check the photo identification of anyone who comes to the door and call the police or a neighbour if they are suspicious.

The warning comes after an 87-year-old woman, from Overseal, was conned out of cash after answering the door to a man, who claimed she owed him money after he did roof repairs.

The man appeared at her door on Thursday and told her she owed him £450 for roof repairs. She told him she only had a certain amount of money and he took that money and left.

It also emerged that the police have been conducting door to door enquiries after the incident, asking if they had similar visits, and villagers are now warning each other to be extra vigilant.

The man has been described as 6ft2 tall, aged about 60, with grey hair, stocky with a beer gut.

A spokesman for Leicestershire police said the man had appeared at the door of an 87-year-old woman and said she owed him £450 for repairs he had done to her roof.

It transpired that no repairs had ever been done or needed doing.

The spokesman said: “She said she didn’t have £450, she only had a certain amount of money. She gave him that money and he left.”

The incident happened about 3pm on Thursday.

The spokesman has now issued a warning for people to be vigilant when answering the door to workers.

He said: “You should always make sure you know who you are dealing with when answering the door to a stranger.

“If you are suspicious of that person you should phone the police or a neighbour.

“If it is a genuine worker they won’t mind at all that you need to check them out.

“They should also be carrying photo identification and credentials.”

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