Police in West Lothian are appealing for witnesses after bogus workmen talked an elderly couple in Livingston out of a four-figure sum.
The 82-year-old man and his wife were at their home in Norman Rise at around midday on Wednesday when two men called at the door offering to carry out maintenance on the property. After agreeing a fee, the men carried out a small amount of work before leaving.
One of the men returned the following day with two other men and obtained more cash before once again carrying out a little work.
In total, the men took a four-figure sum of money from the victims.
The first suspect is described as white, early twenties, average height with a slim build and dark hair. He was wearing a blue boiler suit.
The second suspect is described as white, in his forties with a stocky build and bald head.
Both other suspects are described only as white.
A police spokesman said: “The elderly occupants of this address have been left very upset having been defrauded of their money and anyone who remembers seeing anything suspicious in the Norman Rise area of Livingston last week is asked to contact police immediately.
“Bogus workmen normally prey on the most vulnerable members of the community, particular the elderly and our communities are asked to be vigilant for people calling at the doors of neighbours, friends and loved ones.
“All members of the public are advised to check the identification of anyone attending at their address seeking to carry out work. If they are not happy with the callers they should refuse them entry and phone the police.”
Anyone with any information should contact Police Scotland 101, or the charity Crimestoppers in confidence and complete anonymity on 0800 555 111.