North Kildare 'fraudulent fundraisers' pretending to be deaf to get money

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North Kildare 'fraudulent fundraisers' pretending to be deaf to get money
14:35 Wednesday 23rd of August 2017

People pretending to be members of the The Irish Deaf Society are now travelling around Co Kildare.

It is understood that reports of ' fraudulent fundraisers' in Straffan are being reported to The Irish Deaf Society.

Speaking to KildareNow, Fundraising Manager, Jeanette Byrne, is advising people that the Irish Deaf Society never fundraises door to door.

Ms Byrne said: "People are feeling very intimidated, we never do collections door to door."

Following reports that people pretending to be members of the Irish Deaf Society were calling  door to door in Carlow, earlier this month, there are now people travelling throughout North Kildare, specifically Straffan. The Irish Deaf Society is the largest Deaf-led organisation in Ireland working with both the Deaf and hard of hearing community.

According to Ms Byrne, 'fraudulent fundraisers' have been travelling throughout Ireland for the past 10 years, acting as members of The Irish Deaf Society.

She is deeply concerned that the 'fraudulent fundraisers' target the Deaf Community and pretend that they cannot speak themselves.

Ms Byrne said: "They pretend to be deaf, they have our name on the top of a sheet. People are being caught off guard."

It is understood that the 'fraudulent fundraisers' are sometimes dropped off in vans and sometimes they use bikes.

She is urging people to contact the Gardaí immediately.

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