There have been a number of incidents in Buncrana and Glengad in the past two days where crooks have pretended to be from the council.
But Donegal County Council staff are NOT collecting the household charge door-to-door.
“These are very serious incidents and they are being investigated,” said one senior Garda.
People have been urged to check on elderly neighbours to make sure they haven’t been ripped off – and to warn them not to hand over any money to bogus officials.
Sinn Fein councillor Mick Quinn warned: “Anyone who is asked for this payment should call gardai immediately. No-one from the council is out collecting this charge.”
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