GARDAI have warned people to be on the lookout for heartless scam artists posing as gardai who duped one man into handing them over what a spokesmen described as a "substantial" sum of cash.
It is also believed they are behind an number of similar incidents across the North Cork area over the past number of days.
The first incident took place in Lisgoold on Wednesday of last week after a man in his 50s arrived home to find two men at his front door.
The pair claimed to be members of the gardai who were investigating the circulation of counterfeit €50 notes.
The men asked the man if he had any cash on him, saying they wanted to check the bar codes on the notes. He handed over a sum of cash and when they asked him if he had any more, he led them to the back of the house and showed a bag containing what the garda spokesman said was a "substantial" amount of €50 notes. The duo grabbed the bag and fled from the scene by car.
The man later discovered that a sum of cash was also missing from the house.
One of the thieves was described as being in his 40s, 5 ft 9" in height, with brown hair and wearing a great jacket and blue jeans.
The other man was described as being in his late 20s or early 30s, with light grey hair and wearing a navy pants and jacket.
It is believed this is linked to a similar incident on the same day where an elderly man was approached as he drove up to his home in Castleyons. The man told gardai that he had been approached by a male who got out of a dark blue car and claimed to be a member of the gardai. He asked the pensioner if he had lost any money and when he said no was asked if he would show the man any cash he had.
When the man refused to hand over any cash, the other man got into his car and drove away.
The garda spokesman said there had been reports of other incidents of this insidious nature having taken place in Castlelyons and Kilworth.
"We would be concerned those unscrupulous con artists are operating out there claiming to be gardai. This is a serious breach of trust and we would be keen that anyone who may encounter these individuals contact their local garda station straight away," he added.