FRAUDSTERS posing as priests collecting for charity have been targeting householders. Residents in Newbridge raised the alarm after being targeted in the scam.
The Gardaí caught a bloke strolling around Newbridge, Co. Kildare, wearing a collar and looking for money from good Samaritans, even though he isn’t a priest at all.
It’s one of the oldest scams in the book, but one man in Newbridge has had his collar felt after he took to the streets knocking door-to-door looking for money, all while dressing up like a priest. The unholy cheek of him.
Newbridge Gardaí have issued a warning to locals not to give money to callers who are collecting door-to-door with sponsorship cards unless they actually know them.
“It had been going on since Tuesday, March 20,” said Sgt Seamus Rothwell. “He was calling house-to-house pretending to be a priest with a sponsorship card looking for lines.
“We’re passing out advice that unless you know the person at the door don’t give them any money. He could have made off with a lot of money as people are very generous, but we caught up with him. He is not a priest at all and he wasn’t collecting for charity.”
A file is currently being prepared for the DPP. If the lad ends up going to jail he can at least take solace in the fact that God is on his side… well, maybe he's not.