Two “cold callers” appeared before the courts and have been handed jail terms for pressurising an elderly woman into paying an “extortionate price” for a number of machines and tools, according to An Garda Síochána.

The two men were sentenced to two years’ imprisonment each, the national law enforcement authority said.

In a statement today (Tuesday, November 3), An Garda Síochána said:

The men called to an elderly lady’s home in west Cork, uninvited, and made her feel pressurised into paying an extortionate price for 12 chainsaws, 11 generators, seven power washers and assorted tools which she had no use for and did not want.

Continuing, the Garda statement warned: “If you have elderly or vulnerable neighbours and see or hear about bogus traders doing the rounds, let them and ourselves know so we can put out additional patrols.

“If you suspect that anyone who calls to your door selling goods or services is not who they say they are, tell them you are not interested and call the Gardaí immediately. Genuine trade’s people won’t be offended by any queries the Gardaí may make.

“If you are answering the door to ‘cold callers’, apply the chain or door limiter before opening the door.

I would also ask that if anyone feels like they, or someone they know has been a victim of being sold goods for extortionate prices, or paid for a service that was not carried out, to call any Garda station and report the matter.

“Our Community Policing units are always on hand to pay regular visits to anyone who might feel susceptible to any type of crime.

“We regularly host outings and pay visits to senior citizen’s groups and clubs so the people get to know their local Community Policing Unit and build up a relationship with them,” the Garda statement concluded.