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Watch out for rogue salesmen, warns garda

January 30th, 2019 10:50 AM

By Jackie Keogh

Some of the items gardaí in West Cork have seized as evidence of what they believe is a deception racket.

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A WEST Cork superintendent has issued a warning over travelling criminals operating in the area, who are forcibly selling power tools to vulnerable people, particularly the elderly.

Bantry-based Supt Declan O’Sullivan has called on readers of The Southern Star to report any such sightings and movements of suspicious salesman.

The Supt said: ‘The criminals are pushing the sale of power tools onto people who don’t want them and they are charging exorbitant prices for them.’

He urged anyone sighting these criminals, their movements, and any unsolicited approaches they may make, to contact the gardaí in Bantry on 027 20860 or any garda station.

He advised people not to engage with the criminals but to call the gardaí if they have any concerns.

He acknowledged that there are legitimate travelling salesman working in the region, but he said anyone with any doubts would be welcome to call the garda station to have their credentials checked. 

Describing the actions of these travelling criminals as ‘insidious’, the superintendent said: ‘They are targeting people who may have the means to pay for the tools, but have little or no use for them. 

‘The actions of these people, and the undertaking they may make, are dishonest. These rogue salesmen are ultimately engaged in high-pressurised selling and they can be very intimidating.’

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