A number of reports have come in following several incidents of members of the public knocking on doors disguised as money collectors in a South Dublin housing estate.
The housing estate, located in Knocklyon, has seen a number of incidents like this, with many of the perpetrators being under 18.
The estate's residents have since been warned to be vigilant following a number of incidents of false identity given.
The 'collectors' have been noted as being 'aggressive', leaving people feeling intimidated at their own front door.
South Dublin County Councillor Deirdre O'Donovan spoke to Dublin Live about the incidents, which involved a young woman knocking at her door, claiming to be from a woman's refuge:
"It was a very unpleasant experience. She got so aggressive. I questioned her permit whether she was 18, and she said she would get her supervisor. I thought that was the end of it. But she came back and asked for my contact details, which I refused to give out. She started to threaten that she was going to ring the gardai because I said she was not 18.''
"There was also a young boy, no older than 11, in the area at the same time claiming to be collecting for a sponsored run in the Phoenix Park. This particular claim has been made before in the area."
She also warned residents that a charity would never send out a collector who is under 18 years of age.
Those who've experience a situation similar to the above are being asked to contact The Garda Confidential Line (1800) 666111 or their local Garda Station.