Sunday 25 March 2018

Warning of bogus callers

An Arklow resident has issued a warning to the community to be on the lookout for bogus callers after she was targeted by three men on Friday.

The incident occurred at a house in South Green after 3.30 p.m. when the resident who lives alone heard a knock at the door.

'There were three of them and they told me that they had read my electricity metre and that I owed a certain amount of money to ESB. I told them that I didn't owe any money and that I had a pay and go metre but they said they would come back and cut me off,' the resident explained. 'They offered no identification and drove a large white van,' she added. After the callers had gone, the woman called ESB who verified that they had not authorised any such call-outs and that it was not a company representative.

'I knew I didn't owe any money but I called ESB to make sure and they told me that these men were not from their company. One of them wore an old style oilskin jacket and a hat and was aged in his late twenties or early thirties,' she said.

The woman quickly reported the incident to the Gardaí and has warned neighbours of what happened. 'I really want to get the word out because they people are preying on vulnerable people. Some people night believe them and give them money. It's a terrible thing to happen,' she said.

Wicklow People