The scam takes the form of a phone call to the elderly person offering security advice and/or information about alarm systems and monitoring.
Once contact is established, the elderly person is asked for personal information, full name date of birth confirmation of address and personal bank details account numbers sort codes branch identity etc.
Garda Crime Prevention Officer Sgt. Paul Wallace says this is a particularly nasty scam targeting our most vulnerable section of our community:
24 / 7 District Headquarters Stations:
Buncrana : 074-93-20540.
Milford : 074-91-53114.
Ballyshannon: 071-98-51102 & Donegal Town on 074-97- 21021
Remember 999/112 can also be used in an emergency.
The Good Morning Donegal Project provides a very important service to those living alone and older people should be encouraged to register for it which can be done by contacting 074-93-21598.