Residents across the Island are this week being warned to stay on guard about conmen operating in the area.
The warning comes after two men tricked a pensioner into giving them money after offering to undertake some gardening work in the Fairlee Road area of Newport on Tuesday.
The incident occurred at around 14:30 as the conmen quoted a large sum of money to remove garden refuse from the elderly woman’s property. Only having £80 in cash in her purse, the two men took the money and left without taking away the rubbish.
DS John Walton, who is investigating the case, said:
“We believe these conmen are travelling across to the island and targeting elderly and vulnerable people.
They are offering to buy items, which end up being stolen or offer services in exchange for what is often a disproportionate amount of money.
I would advise home owners to always check the credentials of unknown callers and contact police immediately if they receive a suspicious caller or see any suspicious vehicles in the area.
We understand that sometimes people feel embarrassed to get in touch with police after being tricked or duped, but we would urge anyone who has been a victim of a distraction scam to get in touch with us by phoning 101.”
Islanders are advised to always use the door chain when answering the door, to check the credentials of unknown callers and to never employ cold-calling doorstep traders or engage with cold callers on the phone.
Anyone with information can contact DS Johh Walton of Newport CID by phoning 101. Information can be given anonymously by phoning the independent Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.