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Garda Figures Reveal Increase Of Bogus Tradesmen Reports

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An 81% increase compared to 2021

The Consumer Association is warning homeowners against bogus tradesmen offering outdoor services - such as fixing gutters and surfacing driveways.

It's after the latest crime statistics revealed the number of reports being made to gardaí regarding bogus tradesmen, increased by 81% compared to 2021.

Having no website, only using cash and arriving without notice are some of the tell-tale signs.

The CAI notes bogus tradesmen are targeting vulnerable people and often surveilling them for days.

Policy & Council Advisor with the Consumer Association of Ireland, Dermott Jewell, spoke to Eoin Beatty on Thursday morning's 'Kildare Today':

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