Rats’ nest ruse used to con elderly woman


An elderly woman was conned out of £100 by a bogus workman.

The victim answered her door to a man who claimed to be working on a neighbour’s fence and needed to look at hers.

On inspecting the fence he claimed there was a rats’ nest and offereed to remove it for the cash. She handed over the money and he agreed to return within 45 minutes to deal with the situation.

The conman failed to return and there was no nest. The incident took place in Yardley Avenue, Pitstone on Friday, March 21 at 12.45pm.

The first offender was a man, roughly 5ft 10ins, of a medium build, with a round face and light brown hair. He wore a jumper and grey suit trousers.

A second offender was the passenger in the white Ford transit van that was parked near the property. He had black hair, a camouflage jacket, aged in his mid 20s wearing dark clothing.

Anyone with information should contact from Aylesbury police station via the Thames Valley Police Enquiry Centre on 101.