DOORSTEP conmen preyed on a pensioner by pretending to be from the water board.
The bogus caller managed to con his way into the elderly woman’s Leechmere Road home when he claimed he urgently needed to check the water pressure.
After being let into the home, he spent about 15 minutes running taps and adjusting the pressure valve in the kitchen.
Another man then came into the house and said they had got the wrong address and they both left.
After they had gone, the woman noticed they had been upstairs and rifled through her drawers.
Nothing had been stolen.
Neighbourhood Inspector Neal Craig said: “Luckily, nothing was stolen in the incident but understandably the victim is distraught at what happened.
“These people can often seem very believable and use all sorts of ways to trick their way into people’s homes and steal from them.
“These men claimed to be from the water board but bogus callers use a variety of guises, often claiming to be from a utility company, local authority or even the police.
“We always urge people to be extra vigilant and make sure the caller is genuine.
“We’re carrying out extensive enquiries to find those responsible and will be offering extra crime prevention advice to residents in the area.”
The incident took place on Saturday at about 5.40pm.
One of the men is described as white, about 40 years old, 5ft 10in, of medium build and with dark curly or wavy short hair.
He had a fresh complexion, was clean shaven and spoke with either an Irish or Scottish accent.
The other man is described as white, 45 to 50 years old, of large build, 5ft 8in to 5ft 10in tall, bald, clean shaven. He spoken with a local accent.
Anyone with any information about this incident should contact Northumbria Police on 03456 043 043 ex 69191 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.