KERRY DEAF RESOURCE CENTRE
FAKE MONEY SCAMMER
We had a very busy few days this week when we heard there were fake scammers going around the county pretending to be deaf. We received a report from the hearing fiancé of a person who comes from a deaf family. A man had called to her house claiming he was deaf and needed money. He was selling fake photocopied art for €40. He also mentioned if you didn’t want to buy the art, he would accept donations of €40 too. Thankfully, Katie knew sign language & started signing to the man. When he realised she knew sign language, he left immediately. Shortly afterwards she saw him again speaking on his mobile phone. She then managed to take a quick photo of him which she sent to our Manager.
While the photo image quality wasn’t perfect, this enabled us to put a post on Facebook that quickly went viral. Within a short space of time, the post was shared on 608 other Facebook pages. It was seen by 43,616 people and received over 156 reactions and 63 comments. In addition to social media coverage, Kerry’s Eye newspaper and the Tralee edition of the Kerryman newspaper also published articles on the scam. Radio Kerry also interviewed our Manager, Willie White live on the radio.
As a result of all the media coverage, many people rang our local Garda (Police) station & the man was arrested. We have been told he will be charged in due course. This is fantastic news. Our sincere thanks to the media, Katie and everyone who shared our posts & reported it to An Garda. We could not have done this without your support.
OUR CONTACT DETAILS:
Kerry Deaf Resource Centre (KDRC). 4 Gas Terrace, Tralee, Co. Kerry, IRELAND.V92 Y409
Text: 087 633 4687 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Facebook: www.facebook.com/kerrydeaf VIS- Video Interpreting/Information Service: (by appointment) FaceTime: 087 633 4687 or email@example.com Skype: kerrydeaf Website: www. kerrydeaf.com To make a donation: You can send a cheque or postal order to our postal address above. All donations greatly appreciated. We also accept online donations at: https:// www.gofundme.com/kerrydeafresource Charity No: CHY20854