10 Aug 2022

Public warned of scammer stealing debit cards and withdrawing cash

Public warned of scammer stealing debit cards and withdrawing cash in Limerick, Tipperary and Cork

Gardaí have issued an urgent alert to people about a scammer who is stealing debit cards and withdrawing cash from their accounts. 

Gardaí said that the man is pretending to be from the company Phone Watch and are urging the public to be vigilant following a number of scams in Limerick, Tipperary and Cork.

In one incident in Clonmel on Saturday, March 29 at 3.30pm when the man, who is reported to have dark hair and glasses, called to a house in Clonmel, Co Tipperary, and was invited in after claiming he was an employee at Phone Watch.

This man, who possesses apparent Phone Watch paraphernalia and literature, stated he would upgrade their system for a fee.

When the victim handed over his debit card for payment, the man asked the injured party to enter his pin number into a small device he was carrying. He then retained the debit card and handed back a different one.

Cash was then withdrawn from a number of banks in Tipperary and Limerick on Saturday, February 29 and Sunday, March 1.

While investigations are ongoing into these incidents, gardaí are appealing to the public to always be careful providing details to anyone not known to them calling to their home, particularly bank details.

If you are unsure about the bona fides of any caller, do not invite them into your home and contact your local Garda Station who will assist you in verifying their details.

Anyone with information in relation to incidents of this nature are asked to contact their local Garda Station or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.

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