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HSE issue warning about fake elderly care worker scam in Raheny


The HSE have issued a warning to elderly people after a certain number of residents reported incidents about a woman posing as a HSE staff member to gain access to their homes.

The warning comes after the Herald issued a report that outlines the details of the scam. According to the newspaper it is  understood that a woman is targeting the elderly posing as a HSE care worker in order to gain entry to their homes in the Raheny area of north Dublin within the last fortnight. It is believed care providers in the area have been asked to tell staff to be “extra vigilant”. A spokesman for the HSE has issued a statement regarding the issue saying: “The HSE has been made aware of two incidents in the past number of weeks where a woman claiming to be associated with the HSE has gained access to the home of an older person in the Raheny area.” “The gardai in Raheny have been made aware of the incidents and we have also highlighted the issue with local home-help organisations and private care agencies for the elderly.” “The HSE would like to remind the public of the importance of asking for identification when individuals claiming to be working for the health service call in person or on the phone seeking personal information.”

The HSE also say all staff will carry full ID and if any person refuses to show it to people are urged to immediately call the gardai.

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