TWO men have been arrested and charged after a pensioner was defrauded of thousands of pounds.
The 71 year-old woman was tricked into thinking she needed urgent roof repairs in her Whitburn home, West Lothian, and handed over large sums of cash to three bogus workmen - who visited her property on four separate occasions between Thursday April 21 and Friday April 29.
The trio used their white van to drive the pensioner from her Whitburn home to her bank three times, where on each occasion she withdrew cash and handed it over.
Detectives said the woman had been left “several thousands” of pounds out of pocket by the con men.
The fraud only came to light last Friday when a neighbour grew suspicious and checked the loft, where they discovered that no work had been carried out.
As a result of Operation Monarda inquiries, officers from the Community Action Team detained two men aged 40 and 53 yesterday.
They were both charged and will appear at Livingston Sheriff Court later today.
Detective Constable Debbie Trotter, from Livingston CID, said: “Bogus workmen offences and doorstep crime can have a significant impact on our communities and through Operation Monarda we will bring anyone found to be involved in offences of this nature to justice.
“Any reports relating to bogus callers or rogue traders will be handled by our dedicated team of officers and investigated thoroughly. If you have any information about these crimes then please contact police immediately.
“To ensure our communities can safeguard themselves against bogus workmen and rogue traders, we offer a range of helpful crime prevention advice on our website. This can be obtained by visiting www.scotland.police.uk.”