Women warned of ma­li­cious ‘af­fairs’ call­ers

June 1994

Bray People - - NEWS -

Lo­cal women were this week be­ing warned to be on their guard against the ac­tiv­i­ties of ma­li­cious call­ers ring­ing them up to claim their hus­bands are hav­ing af­fairs.

The alert was sounded by one lo­cal house­wife who said she wished to high­light the is­sue to as­sure other lo­cal vic­tims that they were not alone in re­ceiv­ing such calls, which have been the sub­ject of much de­bate on both Gay Byrne and Mar­ion Fin­u­cane’s RTE ra­dio pro­grammes over re­cent weeks.

The woman, who con­tact this news­pa­per and who wishe dto re­main anony­mous, said that a phone call to her home at 7.35 p.m. was picked up by her son and then passed on to her.

‘ The caller seemed to be a teenage girl and it sounded like there was a sec­ond girl in the back­ground. She claimed that she had been hav­ing an af­fair with my hus­band for a num­ber of months and that she was preg­nant.

‘When I quesstioned her, she first of all said that she was three months preg­nant then said she was six months preg­nant. So I was im­me­di­ately sus­pi­cious it was a ma­li­cious call. She also con­fused my son with my hus­band.

‘ The rea­son I wanted to high­light thsi through your pa­per was to warn other women to be on their guard against this sort of thing and not to feel they are alone.

‘Mak­ing this kind of call is ex­tremely ma­li­cious, par­tic­u­larly if the vic­tims should hap­pen to be go­ing through a rought patch in their mar­riage or a hus­band is away from the fam­ily home a lot. Once the seed of doubt is planted, it can be very in­sid­i­ous.’

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