UK: Conmen posing as priests to rob homes

Fake priest caught in NewbridgeFRAUDSTERS 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.

Anthony-Claret Onwutalobi
Anthony-Claret Onwutalobi
Anthony-Claret is a software Engineer, entrepreneur and the founder of Codewit INC and CEO of Portia Web Solutions. Mr. Claret publishes and manages the content on Codewit Word News website and associated websites. He's a writer, IT Expert, great administrator, technology enthusiast, social media lover and all around digital guy.

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