Inverness residents are being warned by police to stay alert following a string of bogus callers across the city.
It follows reports that a man has been offering gardening services in exchange for cash upfront, resulting in minimal or no work being carried out.
Several incidents have been reported and have resulted in the theft of low value sums of money at addresses in the Hilton, Merkinch and Scorguie areas.
Officers are seeking to speak to a man described as being about 6ft tall with short dark hair and wearing a brown fleece, dark trousers and black dress shoes. He is thought to be travelling using a dark coloured car.
Inspector Paul Maclaren said: “Our enquiries are ongoing into this incident and I would urge others to be their guard against an approach of this kind.
“We don’t recommend dealing with cold-callers for any form of property maintenance or repair to your home so if you have any doubts, do not engage with them until you have established they are genuine.
“Do not offer money upfront to a stranger at your door and don’t feel pressurised to agree to have work carried.
“If in doubt call police on 101. Information relating to the recent incidents can be passed on using the reference NN23906/17, or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”