Gardai issue warning on roofing/guttering scam
An Garda Siochana National Crime Prevention Office has issued advice to members of the public on a roofing/guttering scam targeting elderly people.
It comes following Gardai being made aware of the scam being carried out in Limerick and surrounding areas.
The culprits, in this instance, usually call to the home of a victim identified by them beforehand.
It is often the home of an older or frail person living alone. This information is usually gleaned by surveillance or ‘discreet’ / ‘innocent’ enquiries made by the culprits locally.
They may also target the person because they have been ’successful’ there previously.
They will often call on the pretext of being professional roofers, guttering experts, painters or other tradespeople etc. and ‘convince’ the victim that repairs need to be carried out.
What can you do?
• Tell the caller that you never employ tradespeople ‘cold calling’ to your door. Ask for a sales brochure or other documentation that you can subsequently investigate and verify as credible. This should have a contact telephone number, known address and a V.A.T. registered subsequently investigate and verify as credible. This should have a contact telephone number, known address and a V.A.T. registered number.