Gardai are investigating a sinister abduction attempt on a 10-year-old boy in Bray.
The child's concerned mum has warned other parents to be vigilant following the alarming incident.
She explained that she was waiting for a lift with her son in the town when the incident occurred.
"I was on my phone and only about two foot away. A young man in his early 20s approached our son and asked him to go to the shop with him and he'd buy him a can of coke.
"The man didn't realise I was with him ... He was very persistent. Until I stepped in.
"So be warned and be vigilant," the concerned mum said.
She posted about the incident on Facebook.
It is understood the incident happened on Thursday in the Queensborough Road area of the Co Wicklow town.
Garda sources have confirmed that an investigation is underway and the matter is being treated as a credible kidnap attempt. The Herald is not naming the family involved to protect their privacy.
However, the incident is likely to cause major concern to parents in Dublin and surrounding counties.
It is just the latest in a spate of abduction attempts on young children reported recently.
Just last month, a teenage girl had a plastic bag pulled over her head in a terrifying attack where she was targeted by a man as she was jogging in a west-Dublin neighbourhood.
The young teenage girl was out running in Clonsilla, training for her school athletics team, when the unknown assailant struck in broad daylight.
She was approached from behind by the man who pulled the bag over her head.
A struggle ensured and the girl managed to escape unharmed. Gardai are investigating the incident.