Police are appealing for witnesses after a bogus workman claiming to work for the council tried to enter a house in Mayfield.
The incident happened at around 6pm on Tuesday (March 24). A man approached a residential address claiming to be an employee of Midlothian Council. He then requested access to the property to check various household appliances.
The occupant asked for his council identification, which he was unable to produce, and he subsequently left.
He is described as white, in his early 20s, with a slim build. He is around 5ft 10in tall, clean-shaven, with short dark shaved hair, and a local Scottish accent.
He was wearing a black/navy blue round neck t-shirt with a white emblem on the chest, dark-coloured loose fitting jogger-style trousers and was carrying a black holdall bag. He was also driving a white van.
A council spokesman said: “This resident did exactly the right thing by asking for identification and we’d urge other householders to follow this example. Council representatives would always carry ID with them, and produce it. They would also be in a marked vehicle with the council logo on it and would have made an appointment first.”
This incident is now being investigated as part of Operation Monarda; a Scotland-wide initiative aimed at targeting bogus workmen, rogue traders and cold callers operating across the country.
Community Inspector Michelle Ritchie said: “The occupant was completely right to challenge this man and we’d like to emphasise the importance of asking anyone you don’t know and are not expecting for proof of identity.
“Companies who have a legitimate reason to attend at people’s homes will have the necessary identification and will be happy to show this before entering.
“If you are ever in doubt, do not let a caller into your home. If they are suspicious or you are made to feel intimidated in any way, please call police as soon as possible.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact Police Scotland on 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.