On Monday, January 17, four men defrauded the 65-year-old occupant of a Greenwell Park property out of a significant amount of money.
They told him it needed a little gutter repair and they fixed it for free, but then falsely claimed there was a big hole in the roof that needed immediate repair. The occupant gave a four-figure sum of money to the men, for work that did not need to be done.
In a separate incident, the same group also scammed the 74-year-old occupant of a different property in Greenwell Park on Saturday, January 22. They informed him that work was needed on his property and they carried out this work.
The occupant paid the men for unnecessary work and was also charged a significant sum for minor maintenance, such as road clearance.
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One of the four men involved has been described as white, in his 30s, about 5 feet 6 inches, with short curly brown hair. He was seen wearing dark ‘merchant’ style clothing and spoke with a slight Irish accent.
The group of fake workers appeared to be traveling in a large, dark-colored family-type car.
Police in the area are now asking the public for information as they continue to investigate these incidents.
They have asked anyone with a dash cam or private CCTV footage of the area to come forward.
Police also warned people in the local area to remain alert and be on guard when approached by workers.
Sergeant Peter Wordie of Glenrothes Police Station said: “This is a heinous crime that targeted some of the most vulnerable people in our community. We are eager to speak to anyone who has seen these men and can help with our investigation. “If you have been driving in the area recently and have dash cam footage that could help, please contact us. We would also like to hear from people with private CCTV or doorbell footage who can help our investigation. “These criminals are often extremely plausible and we are asking people in the community to be on their guard and be aware of fake workers in the area.
“I would advise the local community to be vigilant when approached by someone offering this type of work. Always ask for credentials and never give money up front. If you’re not sure of the price they charge, consider getting a second opinion. “We are conducting additional patrols in this area. If you think someone is being targeted by fake workers or have any concerns please contact us or speak directly to an officer.”, 25 January 2022. Alternatively, you can make an anonymous call to the Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.
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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.