AN 81-YEAR-old man was robbed of £650 after letting a man in to read his meter.
The bogus caller conned his way into the elderly man’s home whilst an accomplice sneaked in and searched the house for cash.
The victim only discovered that he had been burgled after the phoney gas man had left the house.
A man claiming to be from a gas company called at the man’s home in Greenside Estate, Mirfield,at 7pm on October 13, and asked to check the meter.
Police said it was one of two similar conman burglaries in the same day.
Earlier that day a man claiming to be from a water company pressured his way into the home of a vulnerable woman in Gomersal, telling her there was an emergency. When she noticed he did not have any identification she challenged him, and he left empty handed.
Ronny Knowls, who works with vulnerable elderly people and their families at St Andrew’s dementia support group, said the crimes were ‘despicable’. He said: “People are very trusting at the door when they are that age. But unfortunately this sort of thing does go on.
“If something like this has happened we discuss it at our group, and with our carers’ group too, and I warn members if there are any scams going on.
“The problem is the fact utility companies are still allowed to cold call.”
Police are urging people to be vigilant when callers visit their homes.
A spokesman said: “Always check the identity of a person calling at your door. Anyone who is from an official body will carry identification which can be checked with their employer. A bona fide caller will be happy for their credentials to be checked, so be wary of anyone who questions the need for you to do so.
“If you have chain on your door please use it to prevent the caller from being able to see into or get into your home. If you are suspicious of any caller do not allow them access to your home and call the police immediately.”