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Clare’s Crime Prevention Officer, Sergeant Triona Brooks: "We would urge people to only use recommended genuine tradespeople." Photograph by John Kelly

Clare gardai issue warning over bogus tradespeople


GARDAI have urged caution when engaging people to do work on their properties.

Clare crime prevention officer Sergeant Triona Brooks reported a recent cautionary incident.

“A few months ago a lady began communicating with a person purporting to be a tradesman on a Facebook community page.

“She asked him would he do a job that she needed done in her house – he subsequently called to her, a price was agreed and the lady paid three separate instalments of a large sum of money into this person’s account. He has since deleted his page from Facebook and has never carried out the work paid for.

“We would urge people to only use recommended genuine tradespeople.

“If anxious or you think that there are bogus callers/trades people in your area contact your local Garda Station. If you think you have been scammed contact your bank as soon as you can to report the matter.”

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