Elderly Limerick woman hands over 'large amount' of cash to bogus tradesmen

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Elderly Limerick woman hands over 'large amount' of cash to bogus tradesmen

Gardai are investigating the incident

AN elderly woman was duped out of a large amount of money by two bogus tradesmen who called to her home in the city centre at the weekend.

According to gardai, the men – who were wearing hi-viz jackets – told the woman a Velux window in her roof was leaking and needed to be fixed. The offered her a 20% discount if she paid up front on the day.

Despite having some concerns, the woman handed over the cash to the men who have not returned to carry out the repair work as promised.

“We know it was a scam and this lady is out of pocket for a large amount of money. This is very unfortunate for this lady, it’s not just the loss of her cash but the also the loss of some confidence too,” said Sgt Ber Leetch.

The divisional crime prevention officer says people should always be concerned if an offer seems to good to be true or if comes out of the blue.

She says many scams also involve the handing over of personal details or money.

"In this case there was also the matter of urgency whereby the lady had to take advantage of the offer immediately which didn’t give her any chance to contact anybody else or ask for advice," she said.

Gardai at Henry Street are investigating.