A BRAZEN bogus caller talked his way into an 83-year-old woman's house and stole money from her.

The man turned up at the lady's house in Kelly Street in Greenock at 2pm yesterday claiming to be a plumber.

It was one of two bogus caller incidents in Inverclyde with police today saying they could be linked and issuing an urgent warning.

After getting inside the Kelly Street flat the thief distracted the pensioner and stole a three-figure sum.

Detective Sergeant Stuart Young, of Greenock CID, said the man may have gone to other doors in the area.

He said: “The male was politely spoken, clean cut and was aged between 30 and 40 years old.

"He had short dark hair, slim build and was wearing a dark jacket."

Only hours before, an 88-year-old man in Port Glasgow was also targeted.

A man appeared at his house in Shore Street at 12.15 claiming to be a representative from Scottish Water.

DS Young said: “The male attended pretending to be a rep from the water board.

"He distracted the man and attempted to steal money from a money jar.

"He was wearing dark clothing and didn't have any ID.

"We cannot confirm that the incidents are linked but it is a bit of a coincidence and the MO is similar.

"We would advise members of the public to be on their guard and not to let people into their homes and always ask for identification.

"If they are suspicious, they should call a neighbour, family member or police."

Anyone with information should call police on 101.