Hunt for conman who scammed elderly pensioner

Simon Brouder

Gardai are asking for the public's help as they attempt to trace a conman who recently scammed an elderly Tralee man out of a significant amount of money.

The pensioner was at his home at Lisard Heights in Farmers Bridge on the afternoon of Monday August 19 when he was approached by a man who claimed his car had broken down nearby and that he needed cash to deal with the situation. The man who claimed he had previously lived in the area but  had moved away some years earlier convinced the pensioner to hand over around €250 and then left the scene.

The conman has not been seen since and the money - the equivalent of a week's pension - has not been recovered. Details about the conman are limited but gardaí said he was around 5 foot seven or eight in height with dark brown or black hair and a large burly build. 

He was described as being quite well dressed but details of what he was wearing were not available.  He appeared to be Irish and appeared to have at least some basic  knowledge of the locality. Anyone who was in the area at the time - the incident took place at around 1pm on Monday August 19 - or who has encountered someone or something similar in recent weeks are asked to contact Tralee Garda Station on (066)7102300.