Man arrested in connection with PhoneWatch scams in three counties 6 months ago

Man arrested in connection with PhoneWatch scams in three counties

A man in his 20s has been arrested in connection with an investigation into scams that have been carried out in Limerick, Cork and Tipperary.

According to a spokesperson for the Gardaí, an investigation had been underway into reports that a man had called to a house in Limerick, claiming to work for the alarm company PhoneWatch.

The man offered the homeowner an upgrade to their security system for a fee, which they agreed to. The transaction was completed but the home owner was given back a fraudulent bank card, while their own was taken. The real bank card was then used later on that day to withdraw €700 from an ATM.

A man was arrested in Clare on Thursday morning (5 March) and is currently detained at Henry Street Garda Station under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984.

Similar crimes have also been reported in Cork and Tipperary. Gardaí have encouraged anyone who has been a victim of a related crime to get in touch.

Speaking at Henry Street Garda Station, Crime Prevention Officer Sergeant Ber Leetch said:

"If you suspect that anyone who calls to your door selling goods or services is not who they say they are, tell them you are not interested and call the Gardaí immediately.

"Genuine tradespeople or a salesperson won’t be offended by any queries the Gardaí may make."