POLICE are reminding residents to be on their guard against bogus callers and con men.
The advice comes after a number of recent incidents where elderly people have been targeted by rogue tradesmen or officials.
Police have received a number of reports of bogus health officials such as carers visiting addresses, as well as people claiming to be from organisations such as the water board.
In some cases, cash was stolen while the victim was distracted.
Superintendent Frank Gallop, from Northumbria Police, said: “Unfortunately, these people prey on vulnerable people, such as the elderly, and we’d ask anyone who has elderly friends or relatives to warn them to be extra vigilant.
“These people can often seem very believable and use all sorts of ways to trick their way into people’s home and either con them out of money or steal from them.
“We’d urge residents to be on their guard to anyone who turns up at their house unexpectedly.”
Anyone concerned can call police on 03456 043 043.