A RUTHLESS conman stole cash from a Cumnock pensioner after cold-calling her.

He pretended to be a gardener and offered to do work at the 76-year-old's property in Jubilee Court, Barshare, at 5pm on December 2.

After parting with the money for the job, it was the last that the OAP victim saw of the crook, who had delivered a convincing sales pitch.

Senior citizens are particularly vulnerable to such criminals and Cumnock Police are warning them to be on their guard at all times.

Safer communities officer, Craig Marshall, said: "Do not deal with cold callers, only with reputable companies, for any item or service.

"Get several quotes and always check people's credentials when you are doing business with them.

"My colleague, PC Merrylees, is investigating the incident and has a description of the person responsible for this fraud."

He is white European, in his 30s, 5ft 10in, had brown hair, was medium built and was driving a small white van.

When carrying out his scam, he was wearing an orange fluorescent jacket and dark navy boiler suit.

If this man is seen in your area or if you have any information, contact PC Merrylees at 101, quoting incident number 0954/412.

PC Marshall added: "Rogue traders usually cold-call, claiming to be workers offering to sell services, make repairs or carry out work on your house, garden or driveway.

"In reality they are professional con artists, and may tell you the work is urgent and needs to be carried out immediately.

"They will normally ask for payment there and then and may offer to come to the bank with you if you don’t have the cash at hand."

Trading Standards advice is ­—

Don’t feel pressurised into agreeing to immediate work or buying a product or service.

Don’t agree to buy from the first person who calls.

Don’t pay cash up front or offer to go and get money.

Shop around if you decide you need work done.

Ask what your cancellation rights are.

Report them.