Police are warning elderly people and their relatives that criminals posing as “Water Board” officials are operating in the county at the moment.
A man called at the house of a 91-year-old woman in Harrowby Road, Grantham, at around 2pm yesterday, saying he was from the Water Board and that he needed to enter the property to fix a leak.
Thankfully the resident refused entry and the suspect left the area. The offender is described as in his 20s and between 5ft 7in and 5ft 10in tall with fair hair. He was wearing a florescent top with no sleeves.
Similar incidents also took place in Louth and Spalding yesterday and officers are warning people to be on the lookout for criminals elsewhere in the county using the same method.
Inspector Phil Taylor said: “We know that these offenders pretend to be from the Water Board to get into people’s homes and then steal cash and they deliberately target the elderly and vulnerable. If anyone calls at your door and says they are from the ‘Water Board’, which doesn’t exist any more, then please do not let them in and call us immediately. If they say they are from a particular company then don’t let them in until you have seen their ID and actually called the company to see if they are legitimate. If they are they won’t mind waiting.”