The Kerryman (Tralee Edition) - - CLUB NEWS -


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.


Kerry Deaf Re­source Cen­tre (KDRC). 4 Gas Ter­race, Tralee, Co. Kerry, IRE­LAND.V92 Y409

Text: 087 633 4687 E-mail: kdrc@eir­ Face­book: www.face­­ry­deaf VIS- Video In­ter­pret­ing/In­for­ma­tion Ser­vice: (by ap­point­ment) FaceTime: 087 633 4687 or kdrc@eir­ Skype: ker­ry­deaf Web­site: www. ker­ry­ 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://­ry­deaf­re­source Char­ity No: CHY20854

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