Rogue traders tricked an elderly woman out of a large sum of cash, police have revealed.
The 71-year-old’s carers contacted police with concerns about two men who had visited her home.
They talked her into having minor repairs carried out to her roof, and for some exterior painting, but charged her an inflated amount of money for the work, some of which is thought to have been incomplete.
It is thought the men may have visited the woman on Clay Lane, Clay Cross, Chesterfield on a number of occasions during the previous few months. Police are reminding residents to be alert and come forward with information about suspicious activity in the area.
Community Safety Inspector Russell Dakin said: “I would urge anyone who may have seen these men, or who has information about suspicious callers going door to door, to contact us.
“The local community are our eyes and ears, and we value any information we receive.
“Your call could help us to trace these men, who we think could be targeting elderly or more vulnerable residents. It could even help us to prevent another person from becoming a victim.
“Never agree to trade with people who turn up at your home unannounced, and if you think you need repairs then always contact a few reputable companies for quotes first.”
Anybody with information about the incidents should contact Derbyshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.