Cork public warned about bogus PhoneWatch caller

Cork public warned about bogus PhoneWatch caller

The fraudster, who possesses apparent PhoneWatch paraphernalia and literature, says he will upgrade the system for a fee.

GARDAÍ in Cork, Tipperary, and Limerick are urging the public to be vigilant following a number of scams where a man claiming to be from the company PhoneWatch has taken debit cards off people and has then withdrawn cash from their accounts.

One such incident occurred on Saturday at approximately 3.30pm when the man, who is reported to have dark hair and glasses, called to a house in Clonmel and was invited in after claiming he was an employee at PhoneWatch.

This man, who possesses apparent PhoneWatch paraphernalia and literature, said he would upgrade their system for a fee.

When the victim handed over his debit card for payment, the man asked the injured party to enter his pin number into a small device he was carrying. He then retained the debit card and handed back a different one.

Cash was then withdrawn from a number of banks on Saturday and Sunday.

Gardaí are also investigating a burglary incident that occurred at a house in Charleville at approximately 4.30pm on February 20.

A male entered the residence of a woman on the pretence of being from a company offering a service. The male stole her bank card and a sum of cash was then taken from a nearby bank.

While investigations are ongoing into these incidents, gardaí are appealing to the public to always be careful about providing details to anyone not known to them calling to their home, particularly bank details.

A Garda statement said: “Anyone with information in relation to incidents of this nature are asked to contact their local Garda Station or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.”

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