Dodgy workmen have reportedly been targeting elderly people in the Whitby area, with police asking the public to be alert.
The warning follows bogus builders taking cash from elderly victims and never carrying out the work.
A spokesman for Whitby Police said: “Bogus Builders have been operating in the Whitby area, elderly residents are their target audience.
These people are taking cash from their victims and never carry out the work. If you see anything suspicious or you have concerns for a relative please contact us on 101.”
The warning follows a spate of “sneak in” burglaries last week.