March 8, 2021
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Waterford elderly targeted by heartless scammers posing as politicans offering Covid-19 tests

Waterford residents are being urged to look after elderly neighbours after it emerged that scammers posing as politicians have been targeting pensioners offering coronavirus tests.

Gardai issued a community alert along the Waterford – Tipperary border after some elderly residents were contacted by people claiming to be a local councillor saying they could set-up home testing with a Health Service Executive (HSE) team.

Garda confirmed that a number of people in Carrick-on-Suir and surrounding areas in county Waterford had been contacted by the caller claiming to be a local councillor who could set up the test for them and would call out within days.

However, the person they are referring to as a councillor has in fact retired from public service and took to social media to warn people that their name was being used inappropriately. The former councillor said: “This is a bogus call please ignore…Guards have been alerted.”

Gardai are asking anyone who may have received a call like this to contact their local Garda station immediately so they can confirm the time and location of the call.

 

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