Police investigating two suspected rogue trader incidents which occurred in Borehamwood and Shenley are appealing for information and urging others to be vigilant.
The incidents both occurred on Saturday, August 1.
During one incident in Alexandra Road, Borehamwood, a man knocked on a woman’s door, told her that her guttering was blocked and offered to fix it for £50. The resident agreed and upon completion of the work, he requested the victim’s card and pin number so he could take payment from a card machine in his van.
The man then went to a cash point and removed a large amount of money from her account.
In the second incident in Wickets End, Shenley, a man approached a resident and offered to clean her guttering, to which the woman agreed and paid him £50 for the work. The man is then believed to have pushed her for more money for clearing a wasp’s nest and replacing broken tiles. The resident refused and the man left.
The offender is described as a white man, aged in his mid-20s, with short dark hair that had shaved sides. He was wearing grey shorts, a black Adidas T-shirt with grey stripes, white socks and black ‘slider’ sandals.
He was said to be driving a 52-registration blue Volvo estate car.
Safer Neighbourhood sergeant, Matt Cann, said: “I’d be keen to hear from anyone who may live in these areas who have witnessed this man carrying out work on the properties, as well as anyone who may have been approached by him.
“I’d also urge people to be aware of this type of crime. Never give your card and pin number to anyone and please take note of the following advice.”
You can report information online at herts.police.uk/report, speak to an operator in their Force Communications Room via our online web chat at herts.police.uk/contact or call the non-emergency number 101, quoting crime reference 41/60896/20 (Borehamwood incident) or 41/61175/20 (Shenley incident).
Alternatively, you can stay 100 per cent anonymous by contacting the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or via their untraceable online form at crimestoppers-uk.org