A VULNERABLE woman aged 91 was robbed of her purse when a conman tricked his way into her home posing as a heating engineer.
The bogus caller struck at the OAP's home in Greyfriars Street, Carntyne, in Glasgow's East End.
The elderly woman let the man enter her house at around 11.15am on Monday after he said he was there to check her heating system.
But after the man had gone, the woman discovered that her purse, its cash and bank cards, had disappeared.
Detective Constable Stephen Greenshields, of London Road police office, called the theft "abhorrent".
And he warned communities to be aware of bogus callers and to always ask for ID.
He said: "This man preyed on the trust and vulnerability of an elderly woman. I find that abhorrent.
"I would also like to remind anyone, and particularly elderly, if anyone you don't know comes to your door, always, without exception, ask them for identification.
"Always close and lock your door while you contact the company in order to check they are genuine.''
The man is described as being white, aged in his late 30s or early 40s, around 5ft 1in tall and slim, with stubble and dark but greying hair.
Police urged anyone who recognised the bogus caller to come forward.
DC Greenshields added: "I would ask anyone who recognises the description of the man or who has any information about the incident to call 0141 532 4600."
Crimestoppers can also be contacted on 0800 555 111 where details can be given in confidence.