Police are warning local residents to be vigilant after rogue traders appear to have targeted an elderly woman in Mablethorpe this month.
The offence was committed in the few days prior to May 17, when it was reported to the police. An elderly resident of Marian Avenue, Mablethorpe, employed a man purporting to work for a gardening company called Lincolnshire Garden Maintenance, after a leaflet drop in the area.
The man gave her a quote for gardening and fence replacement and did little or no work with a couple of associates before charging her around £500. This was well over the original quote.
The men were using a white Transit type van with no writing upon it and were only contactable by mobile telephone.
The main offender used the name Chris and is described as white, well built, with cropped dark hair and mainly green clothing. His associates were in their late teens with dark hair.
Anyone with any information about the offenders or who has been subjected to a similar crime is asked to contact Lincolnshire Police via the 101 non-emergency number. Alternatively they can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.
Police are warning residents not to employ anyone who calls unannounced or uninvited at your door. Always employ reputable people and companies, ideally on recommendation from someone you know and trust. Always deal with people with a proper address and a landline telephone number. Look out for your elderly or vulnerable family members, friends or neighbours, and call 999 if you think a crime is in progress.