GARDAÍ have warned the public to remain vigilant as a number of scam artists are going door-to-door claiming to solve the homeless problem in exchange for votes in return.
While not believed to represent any immediate physical danger to the public, all sightings of the individuals are to be reported to An Garda Síochána as they continue to fraudulently recoup votes from innocent members of the public.
“They were round my house last week and were so convincing. They even said they remembered me from last time they called. They told me they devised a special strategy and they’re going to solve the housing problems, so I said they could have my vote sure,” Eithne Warren, a Dublin pensioner told WWN, “I feel so stupid now after realising nothing has changed in the last 5 years and were conning me for votes”.
The con men and women mostly cold call people at their homes during the afternoon period with some persisting right into the night, giving victims glossy leaflets depicting their promises and telling them that everything is going to be okay.
“You get these guys from time to time, they usually come around every 5 years, and make outlandish claims in exchange for votes, and maybe if they catch a person on an off day or when they’re tired sadly, they fall for the scam,” explained Garda Simon Synge, head of the Garda Fraud Unit.