Three men have been arrested after a pensioner allegedly paid more than £100,000 for building work which was 'poor and incomplete'.
Just after 3pm on Tuesday (September 14), officers received a report raising concerns about the large amount of cash a man in Tameside had spent on building work.
Officers attended and spoke to the 74-year-old, who police said was due to hand over a further £37,000 for more work.
Cops arrested three men - aged 35, 28 and 23 - on suspicion of fraud by false representation.
They have all been released under investigation pending further enquiries.
Officers searched the addresses of those arrested and seized a vehicle and a number of luxury items including a Gucci bag worth over £1,600 as enquiries continue.
Inspector Abed Hussain, from GMP's Tameside district, said: "This appears to be a case where an elderly man who lives alone has been taken advantage of and thankfully, our officers stepped in before more money was taken.
"Officers in the district are investigating and Trading Standards have also been informed but these arrests serve as a reminder that we will take action."
Anyone who has any concerns about anyone they believe to be vulnerable and taken advantage of can speak to Citizens Advice on 0800 144 8848 or report it online to GMP at www.gmp.police.uk.
Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.