February 29, 2024

‘They can be intimidating’ – Kilkenny gardai warn of ‘rogue traders’ targetting vulnerable

Kilkenny gardai have urged people to beware of conmen calling to their homes offering to sell services or products.

It comes as gardai in neighbouring Laois confirmed they are investigating “a number of incidents” in which “bogus callers” and “rogue traders” have pressurised people into buying items they do not need.

A Garda spokesperson said on social media: “They will be offering services such as power-washing, painting, selling goods … We have one in particular that returns to people previously visited. They prefer to target the more vulnerable and persons living alone.”

Gardai advised people not to engage with the rogue traders, adding: “Don’t open your door to anyone before you have checked who it is and what they want and they are known to you. They can be intimidating and refuse to take no for an answer.

“We ask you to be vigilant when out and about and report suspicious persons/vehicles to us immediately.”

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