A fraudster cheated an Aberdeen resident out of hundreds of pounds in a gardening con, police said.
Officers are investigating after the victim, who has not been named, opened his front door in Kittybrewster and was greeted by a man offering horticultural services.
The victim agreed to have work done on his garden and handed over hundreds of pounds in cash to the man, who then left.
After the victim reported the incident to police, officers warned others to be vigilant of such scams.
Sergeant Graeme Allan said: “We urge residents not to engage with cold-callers for any form of property maintenance or repair to your home.
“Seek a quote or, even better, several quotes from trusted firms.
“Do not offer money upfront to a stranger at your door and don’t feel pressurised to agree to have work carried out.”
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Sgt Allan added: “Always ask to see identification of someone who calls at your door and if you feel uneasy, shut the door and call the police.
“Do not feel obliged to allow them entry to your home.”
Sgt Allan urged people to keep an eye on family, friends and more vulnerable neighbours and to report any suspicious activity to police by calling 101.