Self-builder in 37k scam

A couple with two children were scammed out of €37,000 during their self-build, reports the Sunday World.

As construction got underway, the contractor sought payment for work and materials via an email. Fraudsters managed to get into the email correspondence, and the self-builders transferred money to the fraudsters’ account, thinking they were corresponding with the contractor and transferring money to him.

Gardai began an investigation shortly after the bogus transfer was reported to them in 2017, resulting in two suspects pleading guilty to the theft and money laundering charges in 2021.

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Written by Astrid Madsen

Astrid Madsen is the editor of SelfBuild & Improve Your Home magazine. She previously held the same role in an Irish trade publication, before that she worked at the National Standards Authority of Ireland. She graduated with a BA in Urban Studies from Columbia University in New York and holds an MBA from the Instituto de Estudios Bursatiles in Madrid. France of origin, she now lives in Portarlington, County Laois, where she's taken on the task of renovating a listed building! Email astrid.madsen@selfbuild.ie

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