Be on alert for suspected fraudster as woman protects herself from scam

CCTV in relation to attempted fraud
CCTV in relation to attempted fraud

A vigilant woman protected herself against a scam attack when she refused to be taken in by a suspected con artist.

Police are investigating the attempted fraud which took place on Wednesday, October 1 in Field Road, Hemel Hempstead.

A man approached the female victim’s home and told her he needed to remove some ivy from a drainpipe as a neighbour had complained – a statement which proved to be untrue.

He then told the woman it would cost around £175 for the work to be carried out, but the victim said she had no money and refused to pay.

The man then asked if she had a debit card so she could get the cash to pay for the work but again the resolute victim refused.

The man said he would return, before he was seen to leave in a white pick-up truck with two other men.

Officers have released CCTV images of a man in bright orange and blue clothing and are asking for the public’s help in identifying him.

PC Lazarus Clark, investigating the incident, said: “We would like to speak to the man pictured as he may have information which could assist with our enquiries.

“I appreciate the images are not very clear but the clothes are quite distinctive. If this is you or you know the man’s identity then please contact me.

“I would also like to hear from anyone who saw the man in the area that morning or who was approached in similar circumstances.”

Anyone who recognises the man has any other information about the incident is asked to call PC Clark on the police non-emergency number 101, quoting the crime reference D1/14/5982.