June 18, 2021

Man arrested following appeal to Waterford residents over home security scam

Gardaí have arrested a man after issuing an appeal to people in Waterford people to be vigilant about a home security scam.

A man in his 20’s was this morning arrested in county Clare in relation to the scam where people we being tricked into believing he was from a home security company, then having their bank cards stolen and accounts emptied.

The man was arrested in relation to an incident that happened in the Corbally area of Limerick last Sunday, March 1. Gardai also reported incidents that happened on the Waterford border in Clonmel last Saturday and other location in counties Tipperary, Limerick, and Cork recently.

The man approached houses using Phone Watch home security systems and told the homeowners he would update their home security for a fee.

He then produced a card reading device, asked for the homeowner to enter their card and their pin number, then through sleight of hand gave back a different debit card.

The device stored the pin number of the card. The man would later reproduce the card at ATMs in various locations and make withdrawals.

The arrested man is currently detained at Henry Street Garda Station under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984.

Gardaí are still appealing to anyone who has been a victim of a similar incident to contact their local Garda Station.


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