Gardaí have issued a reminder for those with family members who may be susceptible to having bogus callers and rogue traders call to their homes.
Such callers may offer services such as power washing, painting and selling goods. They may call under false pretences as a collector for a charity or a local organisation. They prefer to target the more vulnerable and people who live alone.
“We advise people not to engage with such callers,” a garda spokesperson said.
“Don’t open your door to anyone before you are confident that they are known to you or that they have a genuine reason to be there. Use a chain lock for added security. 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.”