The incident happened at around 1.30pm on Thursday, August 4 when a man visited a property on Hollow Gate in Bradwell.
Once the visitor realised that the elderly homeowner was not alone, the man made excuses and left.
He was described as white, aged in his mid to late 20s, and spoke with a ‘Sheffield’ accent. He wore a green t-shirt, with a dark navy or black body warmer, and carried a backpack.
Following the incident, Derbyshire Police officers from the Hathersage Safer Neighbourhood Team are appealing to any witnesses, or anyone who may have been visited by a man matching the description above, to get in touch.
The policing team are also offering advice to encourage residents to be vigilant around door step callers. Advice includes:
* Never invite a stranger into your home; if they ask to use the toilet, for a drink or to make a call then direct them to the nearest public facilities;
* If someone calls at your door unexpectedly, always make sure that you ask for identification and do not feel pressured into buying the goods;
* Question whether you really need the goods or services they are offering and don’t be obliged to buy or sign up to anything on the spot. You may get a better deal if you shop around or get alternative quotes;
* Remember- genuine callers will not mind while you make these checks;
* Keep an eye out for your neighbours and report any suspicious activity to police by noting down any information you have including descriptions of anyone in the area and the details of any vehicles.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact PCSO Anthony Boswell on 101, quoting incident number 358 – August 4.