Limerick pensioner conned by fake garda

David Hurley

Reporter:

David Hurley

GARDAI are investigating a complaint that a man posing as a garda recently called to the home of a pensioner and stole a sum of money from him.

GARDAI are investigating a complaint that a man posing as a garda recently called to the home of a pensioner and stole a sum of money from him.

The pensioner, who does not want to be identified, contacted the Limerick Leader in an effort to ensure that other people are not targeted in the same way.

The man, who lives in the Ballinacurra area of the city, says it was the second time in less than a week that he was conned.

On the first occasion, a “very well” dressed man called to his door claiming he was collecting some stuff.

The pensioner had had an electrician in his home not long before that and he thought this man was connected to him, so he let him in to his house.

However, when the man left, he discovered that a sum money had been taken.

A few days later, another man called to his door claiming to be a garda who was investigating the previous robbery.

Again, the pensioner let him in, only to discover that when he had left, another sum of money had been taken.

He subsequently checked with the gardai only to be informed that they had not sent anybody to his house.

“They were very suave and well-dressed. They knew my name and they knew all about me. This is obviously a very sophisticated operation,” he told the Limerick Leader.