Two bogus charity workers were seen collecting money for an animal charity in a number of towns around Laois last week.
The pair have been described as two blonde-haired females in their twenties, wearing hi-visibilty jackets and collecting with plain white buckets.
The women have been spotted so far in Mountmellick, Portlaoise, Portarlington and Stradbally.
The women were wearing laminated permits around their necks for ARC, an animal rescue charity based in Cobh, Co Cork.
A spokesperson for ARC confirmed to the Leinster Express that these women had no affiliation with their charity.
“That group has no affiliation whatsoever with us in ARC, but we are continuously being slated for collecting all over the country,” they told the Leinster Express.
Mountmellick business owner Ann Kiernan contacted ARC herself after the women approached her inside her premises last Tuesday September 2.
Ms Kiernan runs a dog grooming business on O’Connell Square, and grew suspicious of the women’s behaviour.
“I was suspicious of the girls when they came in at first because I had two dogs in there, and the girls backed off immediately when they saw them.
“Usually animal lovers would be straight over petting them down and asking me questions, so I thought it was very strange,” she told the Leinster Express.
Ms Kiernan contacted ARC straight after they left, who confirmed her suspicions. She then took to Facebook to warn others.
“They disappeared very quickly, but they must of got everyone in the square,” she said.
A similar-sounding animal charity based in Dublin, Animal Ark Ireland, have also confirmed that the women have no affiliation with them either.
The pair were also spotted last week outside Mulhalls Supervalu in Portlaoise, Main Street in Portarlington, and Stradbally around the time of the Electric Picnic.
Gardaí have been notified, and if you have any further information please contact Portlaoise Garda Station.