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Con artist preying on County Limerick elderly in run up to Christmas

Niall Collins: 'Look in on elderly relatives and neighbours'

Niall Collins: 'Look in on elderly relatives and neighbours'

  • by Donal O’Regan
 

GARDAI believe a con artist who has stolen money from two elderly County Limerick men living on their own will strike again.

Last week’s Limerick Leader revealed that a well-dressed man in his forties called to a farmer, who is in his eighties, in Dromkeen.

“He told the gentleman that he was due a raise in his pension and when he opened the door breezed past him into the bedroom. He removed a wallet from the home owner’s jacket and left,” said the garda spokesperson.

It has now emerged that a second similar crime has happened.

Gardai said it occurred on Friday, November 22 but was not immediately reported to them.

“He called to the farmhouse in a rural part of Lisnagry around 5pm. Again it was an elderly man living alone.

“This time he was purporting to be an employee of a bank,” said the garda spokesperson.

It is understood he told the man he was due some form of rebate and asked for his bank book.

“He asked the elderly man to show him where his money was as a safety measure and took €100,” said a garda spokesperson.

Gardai believe the incidences are linked and “have no doubt he will strike again”.

“They go on a spree hoping to hit the jackpot,” said the garda spokesperson.

The garda’s advice is for home owners to be extremely careful to who they open their door to.

“We would advise elderly people not to open their door fully to strangers. Go to a window and have a look to see who is outside or leave the chain on the door and have a look.

“If you are uncertain don’t open the door. Anyone purporting to be from the health board or pensions board that they get identification first and satisfy themselves that these people are who they maintain they are.

“If they are unsure tell them to call back when a relative is home and certainly don’t leave them into the house. If they are suspicious note the registration number of the car and contact gardai,” advised the spokesperson.

The smartly dressed con man is understood to be very believable and the public are asked to contact gardai if they have any information.

Justice spokesperson Niall Collins said these type of crimes are the “lowest of the low”.

“We all have family and relatives who are elderly. People need to be very aware and to look in on their relatives and neighbours to brief them. If people notice anything at all suspicious contact gardai,” said Deputy Collins.

 

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