Police warn over ‘bogus workmen’ in Hillside

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Two men suspected to be bogus workmen have been seen walking around Hillside.

Police in Montrose are looking to trace and identify the two males who were seen walking around the Sinclair Gardens area of Hillside at 11.30am on Monday.

The first man is described as white, in his late 40s, around 5 feet 8 inches tall and of a stocky build with a “large round belly”.

He had black hair, which was short at the back and sides but long on top and in the style of a “comb over”.

The man appeared unshaven and was wearing a “hooped” jumper, which was blue, grey, black and white.

The second male is described as being white, in his 20s and of a skinny build. He had short brown hair and was wearing a brown T–shirt and “yellow marigold gloves”, which went up to his elbows.

Police Constable Jack Swindells said: “Police would like to advise members of the public to be on their guard for cold callers and bogus salesmen arriving at their door. Always ask for and verify ID.

“If in doubt about a person’s identity then just say ‘no’.”

July is Scam Awareness Month and Angus Council Trading Standards is urging residents to be on their guard for cold callers, bogus salesmen and rogue workmen arriving at their door.

A number of Angus residents have been shown live maggots by fraudsters who pretended they were woodworm from their roof.

Trading standards believe these con artists are part of organised criminal groups operating across the UK, specifically targeting older or more vulnerable consumers.

Once they have a foot in the door, they often return time and time again to carry out a range of unnecessary repairs or treatments and fleece the trusting householder out of a lot of cash.

Such fraudsters don’t give the householder the right to cancel within 14 days. This failure to provide correct documents, or a copy of cancellation rights, is a criminal offence under Consumer Protection legislation.

Bogus or disreputable workmen can use false addresses on their contracts and flyers. They might even use local landline telephone numbers that are redirected to mobile phones.

You can download a doorstopper warning sticker, which states you don’t want cold callers at your door, online or pick one up from the ACCESS office or library.

Trusted traders can be found through the Angus Reputable Trader Scheme. People can also get information from the council’s ACCESSline on 03452 777 778.

If people think a crime is being committed or they feel threatened, Police Scotland should be contacted on 101.