THE public is being advised to be on their guard following a number of recent cases of doorstep crime.
An incident in Forres is one of several to have been reported to the police in the North East.
A police spokesman stated that an elderly woman living in the Torry area of Aberdeen had more than £1000 of valuables stolen after a man offered to carry out work on her garden.
Officers are also investigating an elderly woman being defrauded of more than £5000 after a cold caller rang her home in the Bridge of Don area.
The police would like to hear from anyone who has recently fallen victim to or thinks they have been targeted by thieves.
Detective Chief Inspector Kevin Walker said: "Doorstep crime affects some of the most vulnerable members of local communities.
"I would urge people to be vigilant of callers either at your door or on the phone.
"I would also urge anyone who has close contact with potential victims – family, friends and carers – to watch out for suspicious callers or people at their doors, or any suspicious amounts of money disappearing.
"It is very important to pass on advice to friends, neighbours or family members who may be more likely to be targeted and provide them with the information and confidence to say no."