GARDAI are warning homeowners across the city to be vigilant following a number of incidents during which people have called to homes posing as employees of State agencies.
During one incident, which happened at around 1.40pm last Friday, a man called to a house at Fr Russell Road, Dooradoyle.
The suspect is described as being middle aged, of heavy build and was wearing glasses.
“He entered the private property of the injured party on the pretence of being a member of Water Ireland. This male extorted a sum of money from the injured party claiming that this money would secure future services of water for the injured party,” said a garda spokesperson.
After being given a quantity of cash, the man then left the area in a small white van - believed to be a Citroen Berlingo - accompanied by another male.
“We are appealing to anybody who may have been approached by this person or someone of a similar description to contact the gardai at Roxboro Road,” said a spokesperson.
In a separate incident, which happened in the Greystones area last week, a homeowner was duped into handing over a considerable amount of cash.
“In this incident a male entered the property through the front door and was met by the injured party in the kitchen. This male claimed to be from the Pensions Board and claimed that the injured party owed them a sum of money,” said a garda spokesperson, who added that as the homeowner was handing over some cash, the culprit grabbed it and fled.
The male is described as being aged in his mid 30s and was of heavy build with greying hair.
According to gardai, he was dressed in professional attire and was very well spoken and after grabbing the cash, he left the scene in a grey/silver saloon vehicle.
Gardai at Mayorstone are investigating the incident and are appealing to anyone with information to come forward,