Gardaí are warning people to be careful of scams after a man took hundreds of euro in West Roscommon.
Garda Sergeant Paul McDermott told the Roscommon Herald that on September 11th and 13th a man called to people in the Ballinlough and Castlerea areas offering to paint their homes for cheap. He requested the money upfront and was paid €200 and €400 in some cases. He never carried out the work.
Sergeant McDermott advised people to be vigilant, particularly if people offered to do work for very low prices. He also advised people not to hand over money before work was carried out.
Separately, parishes in the South Roscommon/ Athlone area have taken to Facebook to inform parishioners of hoax emails. The emails purported to be from the local priest asking the recipient to respond to a request for help. While the email said the priest’s names in the sender line, the email address was ‘head office’ and a series of numbers. The parishes advised people to not respond to the email, delete it, and block the sender.
Sergeant McDermott reiterated this advice, warning people to be very wary of emails seeking money and to delete them without opening them, as they could carry viruses.