An Garda Siochana wish to warn people of a doorstep fraud and theft offence which has become prevalent over the last number of weeks.
Elderly People are been targeted at their homes by Criminals who are impersonating Gardaí. The offenders are fraudulently pretending to be plain clothes Gardaí who are checking for dud money. They have duped people all around the country and stolen their cash on the pretence of checking to see if it is genuine money. They are producing false identification to assist the process.
Ø An Garda Siochana will never ask people about their finances on the doorstep of their homes and will never ask to check money
Ø Always ask for Identification and do not be afraid to question it. If in doubt politely tell the caller that you want to verify their true identity. If necessary contact your local Garda Station who will be able to establish quickly if the caller is a member of An Garda Siochana.
Ø Report any such activity to your local Garda Station even if you have not been the victim of a theft. That report could save a neighbour or someone else close by.
Ø Please check on elderly neighbours, family and friends and advise and reassure them