Two Glenrothes residents have been conned out of thousands of pounds by bogus workmen.
The incidents are thought to have involved the same gang and were reported in the Whinnyknowe area of the town earlier this month.
On Monday January 17, four men approached a 65-year-old homeowner on Greenwell Park before agreeing to carry out a small gutter repair, which they did for free.
However police say the men then falsely claimed there was a large hole in the roof which needed immediate repair.
The owner handed over a four-figure sum of money for work that was not required.
Then on Saturday January 22, the same men went to a different property on the same street and told a 74-year-old woman that work needed done on her property.
Police say she was charged “significant sums” for minor maintenance, including path cleaning.
One of the men is described as white, in his mid-30s, about 5ft 6in, with short, curly brown hair, and was wearing dark tradesman-style clothing. He spoke with a slight Irish accent.
The group was also seen using a large, dark, estate car.
This is an appalling crime that targeted some of the most vulnerable people in our community
Sgt Peter Wordie
Sergeant Peter Wordie from Glenrothes police station said: “This is an appalling crime that targeted some of the most vulnerable people in our community.
“We are keen to speak to anyone who may have seen these men and can help with our investigation.
“If you were driving in the area recently and have dashcam footage that might help please get in touch.
“We would also like to hear from people with private CCTV or doorbell footage that might assist 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 bogus workmen in the area.
Extra police patrols in area
“Always ask for credentials and never hand over money upfront. If you are not sure about the price they are charging consider getting a second opinion.”
Sgt Wordie is urging people to be vigilant and added: “Always ask for credentials and never hand over money upfront.
“If you are not sure about the price they are charging, consider getting a second opinion.
“We are carrying out extra patrols in this area. If you think anyone is being targeted by bogus workmen or have any concerns please contact us or speak to an officer direct.”