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Lincoln bogus callers warning after woman scammed of £200

Lincolnshire Police are warning Lincoln residents to be wary of potential bogus callers after a distraction burglary in the city.

The incident happened on May 20 at around 9.10am on the St Giles estate.

A woman opened the door to a man claiming to be from the TV Licensing Agency.

He said her TV licence was due and she had to pay £200 on the spot or pay a penalty of £1,000 later, and her name would also appear in the local newspaper. The lady handed over the cash then he left.

The offender is described as white and in his 40s, around 5ft 10 and medium build, with swept or greased back hair.

He was wearing a light blue shirt, with suit trousers and a suit jacket.

Officers advise residents to always ask for ID to prove identity, and if unsure about someone on your doorstep, do not engage with them give any cash or bank details.

If you have been the victim of a bogus trader or cold caller, contact police as soon as possible on 101.

Police want to hear from anyone who may have any information about the burglary, or has seen a man matching the description in the area to get in touch on 101, quoting incident 164 of May 20, 2014.

Alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.