Limerick councillor reveals how she was almost caught out by Netflix scam

Donal O’Regan

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Donal O’Regan

Cllr Lisa Marie Sheehy: Warning the public about new scams

Cllr Lisa Marie Sheehy: Warning the public about new scams

LIMERICK Cllr Lisa Marie Sheehy said everybody knows the scam about a Nigerian prince leaving you tens of thousands of euros.

All you have to do is send them your bank account details and they will “transfer” the money to it.

However, Cllr Sheehy said scams are changing as technology changes. She said she considers herself a “relatively intelligent person” before speaking about a very clever scam that nearly caught her out.

“I got an email purporting to be from Netflix saying that I didn’t have enough money in my account and to go in and put more money in my account,” said Cllr Sheehy at a local area meeting attended by Sergeant Ber Leetch, crime prevention officer.

It is an easy one to fall for but she didn’t. Cllr Sheehy also warned against putting up photos on Facebook or Instagram while away on holidays.  

Cllr Eddie Ryan spoke about a more old fashioned scam. He had organised for the Council to replace a pipe at the entrance to a woman’s home after a flood.

“A few men called to her and said they were here to do the work. They said she had to pay €500. She rang me and I had three men in her yard very quickly.

“The men who called said they were in the wrong place...” said Cllr Ryan.

Sgt Leetch said this was an example of “great community spirit”.  She also asked people who had been scammed to report it.

“People are embarrassed but if you don’t report it I can’t warn others about it. I always thank them and I never divulge anybody’s information” said Sgt Leetch, who highlighted the recent case of a farmer who bought round bales of hay online.

The bales were never delivered but his money was received.

Sgt Leetch said if an offer comes out of the blue or seems too good to be a true then it probably is.

One example she gave was of  a builder knocking on an elderly lady’s door. He said her roof needed to be repaired and would cost €4,500 but the good news was there was a pensioner discount of 20%. He took the money. No work was done.