Gar­daí warn house­hold­ers to be­ware of boiler re­pair scam

Wexford People - - NEWS -

GARDAI have warned Wex­ford house­hold­ers to be­ware of a boiler re­pair scam sim­i­lar to well-pub­li­cised op­er­a­tions in coun­tries abroad.

As de­fen­dants ap­pear in court in the Nether­lands and Aus­tralia charged with fraud­u­lently ob­tain­ing large sums of money for fake roof re­pairs, Wex­ford gardai are in­ves­ti­gat­ing a com­plaint from a home-owner in New­town who was the vic­tim of a re­pair sting.

Two men in a white van called to the house and claimed they were work­ing with a boiler re­pair ser­vice. They were shown a work­ing boiler unit on the prop­erty which they set about dam­ag­ing be­fore charg­ing €250 for their ser­vices.

It is un­der­stood that other house­hold­ers may also have been tar­geted in in­ci­dents which have gone un­re­ported.

A Garda spokesman warned peo­ple against deal­ing with any­one who calls ran­domly to their door of­fer­ing to carry out house­hold re­pairs, how­ever con­vinc­ing they may sound, es­pe­cially in the lead-up to Christ­mas, as there is a dan­ger they may be bo­gus.

He added that house­hold­ers should be care­ful not to get caught off guard.

Ex­ten­sive scams in which mainly el­derly home-own­ers have been in­tim­i­dated into hand­ing over large amounts of money for bo­gus roof re­pairs and other house­hold im­prove­ments and then leav­ing the work in­com­plete or shod­dily done, have hit the head­lines in The Nether­lands and Aus­tralia with a num­ber of court pro­ceed­ings tak­ing place in which peo­ple have been charged with of­fences.

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