Gardai warn of group charging elderly homeowners extortionate amounts for building works

Gardai in Wicklow are warning homeowners to be wary after a number of reports of a group of people trying to trick people into getting work done on their houses.

The warning comes following several reports about a of a group of builders duping elderly people into getting work carried out on their homes.

The group have called to several houses across the county telling elderly people that they need work carried out on their homes and they have charged them extortionate prices for the work.

Speaking on East Coast FM this morning Sergeant John Fitzpatrick said that one elderly woman was duped into handing over a substantial sum of money to the gang.

“I’d ask homeovners, especially elderly, to remain vigilant, and if they are approached by this group of people, report it to the Gardai straight away.”

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