Police are warning people to be vigilant after an elderly man was the victim of a deception incident in Basingstoke.
Between 11am and 1pm on October 26, two unknown men called at the home of an 84-year-old in the Brighton Hill area.
The men offered to carry out some work on the roof at a cost of £400. They then drove the victim to ASDA in Brighton Hill in order for him withdraw cash to pay them.
The men parked their van behind the Gillies Health Centre while the victim went to the cash machine and withdrew £400. As he walked back towards the van, the offenders searched the man's pockets and took the money from him.
They never returned to the man's home to carry out any work.
The first man is described as white, aged between 30 and 35 and of a medium build. He was wearing a light grey shirt, dark grey trousers and trainers.
The second man is described as white, of a larger build and slightly older. They were both described as being 'typical workmen'.
The van is believed to be bigger than a transit van and possibly white. It is also believed there was a ladder either on the roof or inside the vehicle.
PC Martyn Evans said: "This was a horrible crime. The elderly victim has been conned out of £400.
"My message to the offenders is you will be caught.
"I would ask anyone who sees anyone suspicious or had someone cold calling at their door, to contact police with the details. Genuine companies will not call at your home offering to complete work without a prior appointment."
You can also report concerns about cold callers to Hampshire Trading Standards on 01962 833666.
RMS Number: 44120418921