A community alert has been issued in Donegal over bogus callers.
Residents are being urged not to open their doors to unknown callers and to use a chain lock for extra security. Gardaí advise people to ask a caller for ID and never to open a door to anyone before you are confident that they are known to you or that they have a genuine reason to be there.
Gardaí say bogus callers and rogue traders prefer to target vulnerable people and people who live alone.
The advice is : If in doubt, keep them out.
“Such callers may offer services such as powerwashing, painting, selling goods etc. They may call under false pretences as a collector for a charity or a local organisation,” a spokesperson said.
“These callers can be intimidating and often refuse to take no for an answer. Contact Gardaí immediately should you encounter such a caller and try to give as much information as possible, description of person, registration number, direction of travel etc. We ask you to be vigilant when out and about and report suspicious persons/vehicles to us immediately. Please pass this advice on to those who may need a reminder.