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Garda appeal after bogus traders scam elderly lady

AN elderly woman was scammed by two bogus tradesmen in Ennis last week, with gardaí appealing to anybody who may have seen them to contact them.
Last Tuesday at 12.20pm two men called to the home of the elderly lady on Considine Road. They told her that her attic needed to be insulated and asked could they go up and have a look. The lady showed them the attic opening and when they came down they said that it would cost a substantial amount of money to do the job. She gave them some of the money and they then said they would need the rest before they did the job. She left and went to the credit union and these two males waited outside for her to return, when she did they took the money from her and left.
These males were seen in the area in a white van with roof ladders on the top between 12.20 and 1pm. Crime Prevention Officer Sergeant Triona Brooks has urged anybody who may have seen these men to contact the gardaí, while warning people to be wary of possible scams.
“We are asking anyone who was in the area of Considine Road / Cloughleigh Road / Hermitage between these times and may have seen this van or anyone who has dash cam footage of the van to contact Ennis Garda Station on 6848100.
“If you have elderly or vulnerable neighbours or friends please advise them of these scams and keep an eye on them. Never leave strangers, even bona fide workers, unsupervised in your home. If you suspect that bogus callers or trades people are in your area and appear suspicious never hesitate to contact the Gardaí. If you have been a victim of these scams don’t be embarrassed to contact us.”

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