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Sergeant Joe Downey.

Businesses beware after Ennis Shop targeted by scam artist

Clare Gardaí are advising business owners in the county to beware following reports of a deception scam in Ennis.

Gardaí in Ennis have been alerted to at least one instance of a scam where a male has posed as a delivery man and has been paid in cash for a low value product.

The incident reported involved a well dressed male calling to a shop in Ennis with bulk boxes of matches.

He informed the shop assistant that their boss ordered the items and that he was to be paid cash on delivery.

He  then gave over an order docket with a description of the product but it contained no contact details. He then asked to be paid an amount which was more than the product was worth.

He left after receiving the cash and the sales assistant later discovered the manager never ordered the product.

Clare’s crime prevention officer, Sergeant Joe Downey has asked businesses to be vigilant for this type of crime as it may be attempted in other premises.

Anyone who has any information or who was affected by this scam is asked to contact gardaí in Ennis on 065-6848100.

About Carol Byrne

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Carol Byrne is a reporter at The Clare Champion newspaper reporting on news in the East Clare area and the arts. She also covers the courts in County Clare and has received seven national awards for this coverage from the Law Society of Ireland and a National Lottery Local Ireland national media award for Best Community Story 2019. A Masters in Journalism graduate of NUI Galway, she also holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Limerick in Music and Media Studies, and a Higher Diploma in Irish Legal Studies. She began her career interning at The Limerick Leader and Clare FM, before taking up a full time post at The Clare Champion in 2006.

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