A PENSIONER was tricked into taking part in a fake rogue traders operation in Portsmouth.
Police are appealing for information after the 71-year-old man was persuaded to take part in a bogus rogue traders operation last week.
At around 10am on Friday, January 23, the victim was at home at an address on Kensington Road, Portsmouth.
A man knocked at the door and falsely identified himself as an undercover officer from Trading Standards. He persuaded the victim to hand over personal information and agree to take part in a sting operation.
The victim then received a number of phone calls. The first was from someone claiming to be from Trading Standards who then provided instructions for the operation.
The victim was advised he would be contacted by a rogue trader and he should then agree to whatever work he offered to do, and provide the money he asked for.
He later received another from someone claiming to be from Trading Standards, repeating the instructions.
The victim was then called by the rogue trader who offered to carry out some work on his house and asked for £4,000.
The victim attended the bank but did not withdraw any cash. The matter was then reported to the police.
The rogue trader did not turn up to collect the money.
Detective Constable Heather Hudson said: ‘This was a horrendous crime where the offenders have targeted a vulnerable man and exploited his good nature by persuading him to help them in a bogus ‘sting’ operation.
‘Genuine members of Trading Standards always carry identification and you should always ask to see it before providing any information.
‘Trading Standards would never ask the public for money to fund an operation.
‘If you are suspicious of a caller at your home, call the police immediately.
‘If you have been approached in a similar situation, or you have any information that could assist our inquiry, please get in touch.’
Anyone with any information is asked to contact DC Hudson at Fratton CID on 101. Alternatively call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.