June 20, 2021

Waterford homeowners warned about home security scammer emptying people’s bank accounts

Gardai are urging people in Waterford to be vigilant about a home security scam where people are having bank cards stolen and accounts emptied.

The scam, which has occurred on the Waterford border recently involves a man, claiming to be from the company Phone Watch, taking debit cards off unsuspecting people for payment and stealing money from their accounts.

In an incident on the Waterford border in Clonmel, county Tipperary last Saturday, the man posing as a Phone Watch employee, told the system owner 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 and a number of withdrawals were made in banks in Limerick and Tipperary on Saturday and Sunday.

The man is described as having dark hair and glasses.

A garda spokesperson said: “We are appealing to the public to always be careful providing details to anyone not known to them calling to their home, particularly bank details.

“If you are unsure about the bona fides of any caller, do not invite them into your home and contact your local Garda Station who will assist you in verifying their details.”

Gardai are asking anyone with information in relation to incidents of this nature to contact their local Garda Station or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.

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