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Advice to the elderly re: Bogus Callers on the 11/1/10

Gardaí are aware of a number of incidents where bogus callers are calling to the homes of elderly people in the general Dublin area in recent weeks.

These callers represent themselves as employees of Local Authorities indicating that they need to check Gas/ Power / Water supplies etc.  While the elderly person is preoccupied with one of the callers, a second person will enter the house and steal property (Cash & Jewellery)

The suspects are described as follows: 

First Suspect: 5’7” in height, slim build, 24-26 years of age, round face, clean shaven, he spoke with a Dublin accent, dark clothing and well spoken.

Second Suspect: 5’5” in height, dark hair, approximately 21yrs of age.

Home occupiers are asked to request the bona fida of all callers to their homes, to check with the organisation they allege to represent. In cases where the home occupier is in any doubt they should contact their local Gardaí immediately.

Genuine callers/traders have no problem in providing photographic identification and organisational details. 

Neighbours and family friends are asked to be vigilant in this regard and remind the elderly and those living alone of the dangers that these people pose.

Advice on Bogus Traders/ Callers is available on the Garda website www.garda.ie in the Crime Prevention section.   



Garda Press Office