Residents are being warned to be wary of bogus callers

by Rebecca Ryan

Residents are being warned to be vigilant over bogus callers posing as Bord Gais workers.

There have been reports of men wearing hi-vis jackets with the Bord Gais logo on it calling to people’s front doors in the Dun Laoghaire area.

Dún Laoghaire Councillor Cormac Devlin (FF) had this advice for locals.

“In the first instance, no resident should discuss or give any personal information and (especially bank details) to anyone on their doorstep or over the phone.

“If they are suspicious about someone or are nervous, they should request photo ID and/ or ask them to call back later.

“In the meantime, they should try and contact the relevant organisation/company to verify their details.”

He reminded locals that gardai have a yellow card initiative to protect residents from bogus callers.

“The gardai have an excellent little yellow card available for free at their local Garda station that people can hand through their door/ letterbox and ask the person(s) to complete it so that the householder can verify their details.

“Residents should be cautious opening their doors to anyone that is calling unexpectedly. Exercise caution and common sense.

“Call your local Garda station if you’re suspicious and allow the gardai investigate if the person(s) is a bogus caller or not,” Cllr Devlin told Dublin Gazette.

Speaking on the bogus caller check cards, Sergeant Pat McDonald of An Garda Síochána has previously advised:

“If an unknown person calls to the door, it is advised to give them a bogus caller check card to fill out their details.

“A genuine person will typically co-operate and not have a problem filling out the card and the older person will have peace of mind answering the door.”

A Bord Gáis Energy spokesperson told Dublin Gazette: “All Bord Gáis Energy representatives who visit customer homes carry an identification card with their photograph on it.

“If any person has any doubts about the identity of someone at the door, they should contact Bord Gáis Energy immediately on 01 6110101 to have the identity checked.”

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