Police are hunting two bogus doorstep callers operating in North Tyneside.
At 4.45pm police were informed two men had called an addess in Margaret Drive in Forest Hall offering to sell a brand new sofa.
The occupant bought the sofa, however, when the men left the buyer noticed it was stained and not brand new.
One of the offenders is described as dark/tanned skin, around 40 to 50-years-old, 5ft 6ins to 5ft 8ins tall, of medium build with thick dark brushed hair. He was clean shaven and spoke with an Irish accent.
He was smartly dressed with a shirt, v-neck jumper and possibly a tie.
The second offender is described as white, of healthy complexion, possibly around 5ft 10ins, of medium to stcocky build with short ginger hair and was clean shaven.
He was wearing a light shirt and navy jacket.
Officers are carrying out enquiries into the incident and asking anyone with information to contact them.
Residents are also urged to be on their guard.
Chief Inspector Claire Langley said: “These people are preying on elderly and vulnerable people and taking advantage of their good nature.
“We would please ask people with elderly or vulnerable relatives, neighbours or friends to make sure they are aware these people are not always as they seem.
“If they are in any doubt they should close the door and ring police.”
Anyone with any information or who may have received a similar call is asked to contact police on 101 quoting fwin or call independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.
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