Published Sunday, 01 September 2013
Police are urging the public to be aware of bogus callers. (© Pacemaker)
The incident happened in the Ballynagard Crescent area of the city on Friday at 2.40pm.
A male caller tried to sell the man cushions and after no success left, but a short time later a second male entered the house after ringing the door bell and again claimed to be selling cushions.
After numerous requests to leave he finally did and it was then discovered that a sum of cash was missing from the house.
The pensioner was not injured but was left badly shaken.
Police are also investigating a second incident which occurred later at around 6pm, when two males called at a house in the Garden City area.
The pair gained access to the house by requesting a drink of water.
Whilst in the property they were very pushy in trying to sell items to the householder. They left after the householder raised the alarm.
Following the incidents, police have warned the public to be vigilant of bogus callers.
"It is worth remembering that bogus callers will use all sorts of tactics to gain access to a victim's home," a spokesperson said.
"Genuine callers will not mind being challenged about the authenticity of their identity."
Police have advised the public to ensure their back door is locked, to use a chain or spyhole, or look out the window before answering the door to an unexpected visitor.
They asked anyone with elderly relatives or neighbours to make them aware of the message.
© UTV News