Gardaí make arrest on door-to-door debit card scam; warning to Cork homeowners to be vigilant

Gardaí make arrest on door-to-door debit card scam; warning to Cork homeowners to be vigilant

GARDAÍ have today arrested a man in his 20s in relation to a fraud incident in the Corbally area of Limerick on March 1.

Yesterday, Gardaí had warned members of the public in Cork, Tipperary and Limerick to be vigilant following a number of scams in the area where a man, claiming to be from the company Phone Watch, had taken debit cards off people and then withdrew cash from their accounts.

Regarding the arrest in Limerick, a spokesperson said: "Gardaí received a report that a man had called to a house claiming to work for PhoneWatch. The man offered the home owner an upgrade to their security system for a fee, which they agreed to.

"The transaction was completed but the home owner was given back a different bank card. The real bank card was then used later on that day to withdraw €700 from an ATM.

"An investigation was carried out by Gardaí form Mayorstone Park and a in his 20s was arrested this morning, 5th March, 2020 in Co. Clare. He is currently detained at Henry Street Garda Station under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984.

Gardaí have received other reports of this type of fraud occurring in recent days and investigators from Mayorstone Park are liaising with Gardaí in Cork and Tipperary. Gardaí are appealing to anyone who has been a victim of a similar incident to contact their local Garda Station."

Speaking at Henry Street Garda Station, Crime Prevention Officer Sgt Ber Leetch said "If you suspect that anyone who calls to your door selling goods or services is not who they say they are, tell them you are not interested and call the Gardaí immediately. Genuine trades people or a salesperson won’t be offended by any queries the Gardaí may make.”

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