ROGUE roofers have conned a Borders pensioner out of a four-figure sum of money.

An incident took place in Kelso on Thursday, July 5 when two men attended the property, offering to carry out temporary roof repairs.

The resident, a man in his eighties, was convinced to pay the sum in cash for some very minor work.

One man is described as white, aged between 40 to 45, tall, medium build, black hair past his ears, with an English accent, wearing a black leather jacket, white t-shirt and black shorts.

The other man is described as white, also aged between 40 to 45, brown neck length hair, tall, broader build, with a Scottish accent, wearing a white t-shirt and brown shorts.

The men are believed to have been travelling in a plain white van.

Police Scotland have launched an investigation into the incident.

A spokesperson said: "We often see an increase in bogus caller incidents at this time of year, with bogus callers offering to carry out property repairs or garden maintenance. Do not engage with callers of this type and please call police on 101 or 999 in an emergency to report.

"Please look out for neighbours who may be vulnerable and report any suspicious activity to us.

"Bogus callers will travel significant distances to commit this type of crime and tend to target the more vulnerable in our communities."

Here are some tips on how to protect yourself from Bogus Callers:

• Be on guard if someone turns up unexpectedly.

• Keep front and back doors locked.

• Use the door viewer or nearby window when answering the door.

• Fit a door chain or bar – use it and keep it on when talking to callers at the door.

• If you’re not sure, don’t answer the door.

• Don’t feel embarrassed - genuine callers expect you to be careful.

• Only let callers in if they have an appointment and you have confirmed they are genuine.

• Always ask for identification badges of anyone you answer the door to, but don’t rely on them. Identity cards can be faked – phone the company to verify their identity.

• Some companies offer a password system. Ask your utility providers if this can be used and if you have a password with a company make sure the caller uses it.

• Never let people try to persuade you to let them into your home even if they are asking for help – they may not be genuine. If someone is persistent, ask them to call at another time and arrange for a friend or family member to be with you.

• Never agree to pay for goods or give money to strangers who arrive at your door.

• Don’t keep large amounts of money in your home.

• Remember, it’s your home. There’s no reason why anyone should ever enter your home against your wishes.

• If you’re not sure, don’t answer the door.

For more information, visit the Police Scotland website or contact your local community officer on 101.