Limerick gardai issue warning as elderly man falls victim to €2,000 phone scam

Gardai are advising people about the nature of this particular scam, which saw a man in his 70s at a loss of two thousand euro.

Gardai are advising people about the nature of this particular scam, which saw a man in his 70s at a loss of two thousand euro.

AN elderly man in Limerick has fallen victim to a €2,000 phone scam and gardai are warning people to be vigilant about 'suspicious phone calls that come out of the blue' 

Gardai are advising people about the nature of this particular scam, which saw a man in his 70s at a loss for the significant sum of money.

Gardai said the man received a phone call from another male alleging to be from his bank and reporting that there was unusual activity on his account.

The caller directed the elderly man to go to a post office and send cash to a particular account via telegram.

“The gentleman did this and then realised that it was a scam and reported it to gardai at Mayorstone, (but) of course by the time the incident had been reported the money was well gone,” said a garda spokesperson.

“The advice here is to be very suspicious of phone calls that come out of the blue claiming to be from any financial institution.

“There is nothing stopping you from hanging up on the caller and phoning your bank directly yourself. This at least means that you are definitely speaking to your bank. Even your bank won’t ask for all of your details or passwords and they will never ask you to transfer cash via a post office.

"These criminals are targeting elderly people especially so if you do receive a call of this nature presume that it is a scam, hang up and if you want to be reassured contact your bank directly or get a member of your family to do it for you," added the spokesperson.