Portarlington Gardai have warned the public to be wary of bogus collectors calling to their houses, after a recent incident where a young man pretending to be collecting for Portarlington Boxing Club, which no longer exists.
A resident of Marian Place had a call to her door a fortnight ago, according to the secretary of Port Combined Residents Association, Ann Dunne.
“The woman rang to tell me that two weeks ago, she answered her door to a young lad of about 17 years old, who was well dressed and had a sponsorship card for Portarlington Boxing Club,” Ms Dunne said.
Trusting the young man, the woman gave him €5, telling him her son once had been a member of the club, only later becoming suspicious. It is believed the youth called to all the houses on Marian Hill.
Gardaí advised on how to handle suspect callers. “Always ask for ID and a collection permit. If you suspect it is not correct, always ring the gardai,” they said.