Homes across Tayside are being targeted by a wave of bogus workmen claiming to be from utility companies in an attempt to steal money and valuables.
The most recent incident saw a man claiming to from the gas board gain entry to a house in Dundee’s Tweed Crescent and steal a three-figure sum.
Similar incidents have been reported across the region where individuals have pretended to be from the utility companies, such as the water board.
Police Scotland said: “Criminals who commit doorstep crime are very convincing, believable and take advantage of the most vulnerable and trusting people our communities.
“They will try to get into your home or obtain personal details by pretending to be someone they’re not.
“They may come to your address and stating that they need to carry out meter readings or collect money for charity or they may say they are from utility companies or that they are tradespersons or are on local authority business.
“In reality bogus callers are criminals trying to steal cash and valuables.”
Residents in Dundee and elsewhere are being urged to look out for vulnerable neighbours and report any concerns about suspicious activity to the police.
Officers in Tayside Division have also issued advice to avoid being caught out.
A spokesperson said: “If someone attends at your door unexpectedly be alert. If you have a door chain make sure it is secured before opening the door and keep it on while talking to callers.
“Always ask for identification but remember they can be faked and shouldn’t be relied upon on their own.
“In addition, don’t assume a caller is genuine because they are wearing a uniform. If you have any doubts at all, tell the caller to come back when someone else is home as genuine callers won’t mind rearranging.
Anyone with information that could help officers with their inquiries is asked to call Police Scotland on 101.