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Clare elderly caught out by foreign phone scam

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ENNIS Gardaí have confirmed that a number of elderly Clare residents have been caught out by a phone scam.

The scam involves a receiving a call from a foreign number, which stops ringing before the person has a chance to answer it.

If the recipient rings the number back and they are kept on the line, the person is often charged exorbitant telephone fees.

“This is a scam. A number of elderly people have been caught out,” confirmed Clare Crime Prevention Officer Sergeant Joe Downey.

Calls have been known to come from countries such as Madagascar, Comoros Islands, Guinea, Sierra Leone and Belgium.

ComReg, advises people not to answer calls from phone numbers they do not recognise and do not call them back if they do not leave a message.

They also advise to contact your service provider if the calls persist.

So maybe get in touch with friends who may not be the best with technology and warn them about the scam.

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