A pensioner in Stourport was targeted by a conman who stole £6,000, police said today.
Police are appealing for witnesses to the theft, which happened in Brindley Street.
At about 2pm on October 4, the victim, who is in his 70s, answered the door to a man claiming to be from trading standards asking about work previously carried out on the house and garden almost a year ago, which had cost £6,000.
The man left but a few minutes later the victim was telephoned by someone again claiming to be from trading standards who said there was a court case ongoing in relation to the work which had been done and asked him to get another £6,000 to bring to the court.
The man who had knocked on the door earlier then returned at about 3.30pm on October 4 and got into the victim’s car with him.
He then grabbed the money, got out of the vehicle and ran along Bishop Street.
He is described as a white, about 5ft 10ins tall, of plump, stocky build, with short fair hair, and was wearing casual clothing.
Detective Constable Jake Wright of West Mercia Police said: “School had just ended so there were a lot of children and teenagers about and we would like to hear from anyone who saw this man run off or get into another vehicle.
“Inquiries into this incident are continuing but it appears to be a form of doorstep crime. We would like to remind people, especially those who are elderly or vulnerable, to be aware of rogue traders. It is also important they do not open the door if they are not expecting or do not recognise the person. If they do open the door, secure the door bar or chain first and check the caller’s identity carefully. If in doubt, keep them out.
“Neighbours can help by keeping an eye on people behaving suspiciously, and noting the registration number of any vehicle being used.”
Witnesses can call 101 quoting 484-s-041013.