Two men have been arrested and charged in connection with an alleged fraud that resulted in two elderly women losing approximately €15,000.

The charges related to two incidents that were reported to gardaí at Watercourse Road in Cork city on 3 and 29 September.

In the first incident two men called to a house offering building services that were never carried out.

In the second incident, one of the men called to a house and pretended to be the relative of a neighbour.

Both homeowners, women in their 70s and 80s, handed over a combined total of €15,000.

Detectives with the Crime Hub in Cork investigated the reports and searches were carried out at two houses in Killarney, Co Kerry yesterday.

The Armed Support Unit assisted with the searches.

Two men in their 20s were arrested and brought to Mayfield Garda Station, where they were charged.

They are both due to appear before Cork District Court tomorrow.

Garda Crime Prevention Officer Sergeant Tony Davis said 'Incidents like this are getting all too familiar.

"If you have elderly or vulnerable neighbours and see or hear about bogus traders operating in your area, let them and ourselves know so we can put out additional patrols," he said.

"If you suspect that anyone who calls to your door selling goods or services is not who they say they are, tell them you are not interested and call the gardaí immediately.

Sgt Davis added that if anyone feels like they or someone they know were the victim of such a fraud they should contact the gardaí.