Police in West Lothian are appealing for witnesses after a bogus workman targeted an elderly man in Linlithgow.
Between the 17th and 25th February a 67-year-old man was visited three times at his home in Bailielands, Linlithgow by the same individual who charged a five-figure sum for general work at the address, some of which was not carried out.
A family member then contacted police after becoming concerned that the victim had paid out large sums of cash with little work being undertaken.
Officers are now urging anyone who can assist with their enquiries to come forward.
Detective Constable Krista Tench said: “On three separate occasions, the elderly victim was convinced to hand over large amounts of money for maintenance and repair work. However, little of this was ever carried out.
“We are keen to hear from anyone who remembers seeing a male matching the description of the suspect making repeat visits to Bailielands in the past couple of weeks and would urge anyone with information that can help us trace this individual to contact police immediately. The male is described as white, stocky build, around 40 years of age with short dark hair”.
“In addition, anyone with any further information relevant to this enquiry is also asked to get in touch.”
Those with information can contact Police Scotland on 101 or alternatively, the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.