GARDAÍ are urging people withdrawing money from banks to be careful after a Corkwoman was followed from her bank in recent days.
The incident occurred when the woman withdrew money from a bank in Douglas and left the bank to drive to a residential estate in Maryborough.
The woman's car was checked after she got out but she had not left the money in the car and nothing was taken.
The incident occurred on July 15, and a green Ford Focus, with a 02 C registration plate, was linked to the incident.
Two days later, the same car was linked to a similar incident in Tuam in Galway.
However, in that case, a sum of money was stolen from a car after a bank customer was watched leaving a bank in Tuam. The customer got into a car and drove to an industrial estate, from where the money was stolen when the car was left vacant.
A garda spokesman said: "We also know that the car was seen in other parts of the country in recent weeks."
He urged people to be very cautious when withdrawing money from their banks and ensure they do it discreetly, and not to leave money in empty vehicles.
A gang believed to be behind the incidents are understood to have young people watching people in banks to see who is withdrawing money.
If approached by bank staff, they typically say they are looking for coin bags or ask for information about loans.