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Donegal residents told to look out for 'bogus Santa'

You better watch out…

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A MAN DRESSED as Santa Claus has reportedly been posing as a charity collector in Donegal over the past two days.

Bundoran RNLI Lifeboat warned the public this morning about a man dressed in a Santa suit, falsely claiming to be collecting on behalf of the organisation in the local area.

Gardaí have been alerted to the issue and notices have been sent out through various social media pages.

The bogus Santa is thought to have called to houses in the West End of the seaside resort.

Volunteer fundraiser for the RNLI Lifeboat Cormac McGurren said the news was “particularly disturbing”. He asked that people refuse to hand over money to the “Santa” and report him immediately to the authorities. He confirmed that there are currently no collections operating in the Bundoran or Ballyshannon area.

“The RNLI is a very respected and trusted organisation in the area and we are constantly relying on the generosity of locals to keep the service funded year round so that we can save lives at sea. An incident such as this is particularly unhelpful and we would ask people to be vigilant,” added press officer Shane Smyth.

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