Updated: 12/04/18 : 06:40:09
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Referendum registration scammers operating in Sligo

Blaine Gaffney, a Fine Gael ‘Area Representative’ in Sligo, pictured, has said that people living in Sligo need to be alert for any potential criminal activity by people posing to be Government officials who are calling to homes stating that they are seeking to update the electoral register in Sligo.

Gaffney stated “It has been brought to my attention by a number of concerned residents, that alarmingly a group of people have reportedly been calling to certain homes in the Sligo area and pretending to be officials from a Government agency called ‘Home Affairs’.

“This behaviour was noticed by residents in the Pearse Road and Carraroe areas of Sligo on Tuesday evening and it was reported upon that evening.

Subsequently, a number of group text alerts were issued by a number of sporting clubs and community organisations in the area in order to alert other residents to the suspicious events.


“I subsequently posted the contents of this text alert on my personal facebook page to alert my friends and supporters and to date it has been shared with almost 700 people. Its clear that the message has spread very quickly about this issue”.

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Gaffney continued, “The people who are making the suspect doorsteps apparently had documents with a letterhead stating the ‘Department of Home Affairs’ and they were apparently seeking to check that everyone at the house which they called to had a valid ID for the upcoming referendum and elections.

“The people of Sligo need to be aware that there is no initiative like this ongoing by either Sligo County Council or the Government and there is no such thing as a Department of ‘Home Affairs’. This is more than likely a scam that is being targeted at the elderly and vulnerable in our community in order to judge which house may prove easier targets for criminality.

"On this basis, it is important for people to be vigilant, especially in rural areas and if you notice or see anything suspicious like what has been described to call the local Gardai on 071 9157000,” concluded the Sligo Town area representative.