GARDAÍ in Bandon are investigating phone calls received by a number of people in West Cork from a man claiming to be a local priest.
Three women in the Kilbrittain area have told gardaí they received phone calls in recent days, from a man claiming to be local parish priest Fr Jerry Cremin.
A fourth woman has also received a similar call and gardaí are also expected to speak to her.
The fake priest offered to hear their confession over the phone if they so wished.
Three of the women realised the caller was a hoax and hung up.
However, he managed to persuade the fourth woman to talk to him and Fr Cremin told The Echo that hoax caller said upsetting things to the woman.
Gardaí are investigating the incident and have ruled out any connection to a recent incident in which a woman from Fermoy received a call from a man who also claimed to be a local priest.
On that occasion, the caller enquired if the woman would like him to visit her.
She reported the incident to gardaí.
Fr Cremin said the calls were all received on Wednesday afternoon.
He is asking people to let their elderly neighbours know about such calls.
He added: "I have spoken to the four households involved and the ladies are recovering.
"Pray for all, wherever they are, who are victims of cowardly abusers such as this."
Meanwhile, Cavanaghs of Fermoy Ford dealers are urging people to also be wary of a scam, which involves an email claiming to be from the company's accounts section, seeking the payment of an overdue invoice.
In a Facebook post, the company said: "The e-mail claims to be: Accountsemail@example.com on behalf of Paula Lawrence <firstname.lastname@example.org. This is a Fake and should not be responded to. Please delete it. All correspondence from Cavanaghs comes from the Cavanaghsoffermoy.ie mail address."