Following a spate of bogus callers and phishing scams, Gardai have alerted the public to a new scam that’s entirely on face-to-face fraud and deception.
In a post that was shared online, Gardaí said that they’re investigating recent incidents where two males were impersonating detectives and these scammers then called to the homes of elderly residents.
While pretending to be Gardai, these fraudsters were carrying something that looked similar to a Garda badge.
The scammers then showed a sum of money that they claimed may belong to the elderly person in question, however, they explained that they needed to compare it with other money that the person had in their home before returning it to them.
In a statement, Gardai said: “Criminals such as these can strike in any part of the country and it is wise to keep up to date with recent types of scams/incidents. Please be vigilant and don’t open your door to anyone before you have confirmed who they are and what they want. Ring your local Garda Station immediately to report any of these type of callers to your home.”
The authorities have also asked the public to be vigilant and to look out for the more vulnerable members of the community, especially as the winter months approach.
The statement adds: “Please keep an eye on your neighbours, particularly the elderly and vulnerable as the darker evenings approach. Report all suspicious callers and note…