A 91-year-old St Helens woman was scammed out of £170 by a man who claimed to have carried out roof repairs on her home.
The bogus official called at his elderly victim’s Bosworth Road home last Friday (June 13) telling her he was a family acquaintance.
He told the pensioner a number of tiles on her roof required fixing and convinced her to hand over cash for the repairs which, it was subsequently discovered, he never carried out.
The victim asked for a receipt which the crooked repairman said he would go and get but he never returned to the property.
Police were altered later that afternoon by the victim’s son.
Officers are currently reviewing CCTV footage from the area.
The offender is described as a white man in his 50s, approximately 5ft 8in tall, and of a slim build.
He had a white beard and white greyish hair. He is believed to have been wearing a black top, black pants and a hi-vis jacket.
He was also thought to have been carrying a bucket at the time of the incident.
Det Con Victoria Grant, of St Helens CID, said: “It’s hard to believe anyone would stoop so low as to steal money from a 91-year-old woman and we are doing everything we can to arrest the cowardly individual who’s responsible.
“The victim has given us a very clear description of the man who called at her home and I would appeal to anyone who recognises anything to get in touch with us.
“Offenders like this think nothing of deliberately targeting elderly people in their own homes and often appear entirely plausible.
“If you think you may have been targeted by this offender or you have suffered any type of bogus official or distraction burglary, I would urge you to call the police.”
Det Con Grant added: “I would also appeal to people across St Helens to keep an eye on any elderly and vulnerable neighbours. If you notice anyone suspicious in the area, always call the police or contact your local neighbourhood policing team for more advice.”
Witnesses should call St Helens CID on 0151 777 6811 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.