Bogus callers have been reported as visiting addresses in Pulborough and Ashington and offering to carry out work.
Police said a man called at a home in Ivy Close, Ashington. He said he was a tree surgeon and told the homeowner they needed work to be done in their garden.
When the homeowner quizzed the man about what types of trees were in the garden, the man did not know, Sussex Police said.
In Pulborough, a rogue trader has called at doors quoting inflated prices for roof repairs.
The man is described as white and about 60 years old. He also told one elderly resident that he could take their bank card to withdraw cash for them.
Anyone with concerns about traders calling at their door can contact police on 101.
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