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Dodgy 'roofer' conned 80-year-old out of $3500

A facefit of a man who police say allegedly conned a Turner elderly woman.
A facefit of a man who police say allegedly conned a Turner elderly woman. Photo: ACT Policing

Police have released a facefit image of a man who they say scammed an 80-year-old woman out of thousands of dollars.

On January 5, at about 11am, the elderly woman was approached by two men at her home in Turner.

The men allegedly told her that her roof was damaged and she needed it fixed.

Police said the woman then went to O'Connor shops and took out money.

When she got back, the men said the entire roof needed fixing and it would cost $3500.

The men then drove the woman to the Commonwealth Bank on London Circuit and she withdrew a sum of cash, police said.

Then when they returned, the men said they were going for lunch and she never saw them again.

The main man is described as Caucasian, in his 30s, about 179cm tall and of medium build. He has a fair complexion, light brown hair and an Irish accent, according to police.

The release of the facefit image comes just days after Canberra homeowners were warned to be on the look out for a dodgy travelling salesman offering roof painting and restoration work. 

Police believe the incident might be linked to the warnings about a con man named "John" claiming to work for "J&J Roofing", who Attorney-General Simon Corbell issued a statement about last Friday.

Police are urging anyone who can identify the man or assist police in their investigation to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or via act.crimestoppers.com.au. Information can be provided anonymously.