The public are being warned to be extra vigilant after a housing estate in Dublin became the victim of scam that has seen young children being used as pawns to collect money for a bogus
The latest scam which has seen young children being sent door to door to collect money that eventually adds up to thousands, was recently highlighted by a concerned Palmerston resident Alan Hayes, who s the head of his neighbourhood watch.
In a detailed Facebook post, Mr Hayes warned residents to be on the lookout for the young collectors who were scene the area in the past few weeks, Mr Hayes said: “The kids are being sent around again by their abusive parents who sit in cars and watch them do it.”
“They are collecting money for a charity walk that isn’t happening, claiming they are walking for Palmerstown Community & Youth Centre.”
“We know it’s a scam. For me, at the end of the day, these are kids who are being told to go out and do this. There are parents sitting in the cars.”
“It is not always the same children but they are almost always the same age range, 11,12, 13 and usually girls. It always seems to be for a sponsored walk.”
Mr Hayes’s post has already gotten a resounding response as a numbed of people have also been made aware of the scam in the past few weeks, however sadly some residents have revealed they were unfortunately duped by the scam believing the young collectors were campaigning for a good cause.
H/T The Irish Mirror