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Gardaí catch youths in Kerry operating suicide charity collection scam

Their fake identity badges were taken from them and the money they collected will go to the charity they pretended they were working for.

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GARDAÍ IN KERRY have foiled a charity scam that was being run by youths in Kerry, claiming they were collecting money for a suicide awareness organisation.

The Kerryman reported the gang had been collecting money in Tralee town centre when shoppers became suspicious of them and contacted gardaí. They were caught a few days later targeting festival goers at Kfest in Killorglin.

They claimed they were raising money for the charity Suicide Aware which said they had no such collectors working for them.

It is understood gardaí stopped two youths and confiscated their fake identity badges. No arrests have been made, but investigations are ongoing.

According to The Kerryman, the money collected by the scammers will be forwarded to Suicide Aware.

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