10 victims of phone conmen

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POLICE are warning people to be on their guard against the latest telephone scam.

Between July and November this year, there have been three different cases where elderly people in the area have lost money at the hands of conmen who call homes pretending to be bank staff or police officers and persuade victims to give over their bank details.

A further seven incidents have also been reported to police but in these cases the victims have not lost money.

Det Sgt Joseph Quinlivan from the economic crime unit said: “All of these people did the right thing by calling the police.”

He has issued the following advice to householders,

> Do not give any personal information to organisations or to people before verifying their credentials.”

> If you receive an email from an organisation you do not know, delete it and do not reply.

> Be extremely wary of post, phone calls or emails offering you business deals out of the blue. If an offer seems too good to be true – it probably is.

> Do not phone 09 or 087 numbers, without first being sure who they are.