• A Mayo Garda has described as "alarming" the number of people who are falling victim to scams, on a daily basis.

    Recent scams have involved people pretending to be from An Garda Siochana, Social Welfare, banks, delivery companies and other businesses.

    Gardai say this type of fraud has increased fivefold this month, compared to the same month in 2019, and are urging the public never to give out personal information over the phone or by text or email.

    Speaking with Teresa O'Malley, Garda Tony McCabe of Westport Garda Station said there's been an alarming increase recently in this type of crime...

  • The gardai have issued a warning about a callous scam relating to #Covid19.

    It involves a person receiving a text message and recommending that person to self- isolate and asks them to click on a link. 

    It is a scam and you are advised to delete the text, and do not follow the link. 

  • The gardai and the Road Safety Authority (RSA) are advising the public of a scam which has been reported to Gardaí.

    A fraudulent Facebook page purposing to be the National Driver Licence Service (NDLS) is inviting people to contact them via WhatsApp to apply for or renew their driving licence. They are then seeking payment of over €200.

    This is a scam to part people with their money. The NDLS does not have any official social media pages. The only way to contact the NDLS is through the official RSA social media pages or online through www.rsa.ieor

    This fraudulent page has been reported to Facebook to be removed. Investigations are ongoing.

  • People are being warned not to hand over personal information if they get a text message or phone call regarding Covid 19 vaccinations.

    Gardai, the HSE, and the Department of Health have issued a warning about potential scams relating to the vaccine.

    They say a number of people have recently received calls or texts being offered a vaccination date, before being asked for information including their name, PPS number, date of birth, and address.

    People are being advised the HSE would never text seeking such information.

    Gardai say your local GP will be the first point of contact about vaccination.

    The vaccine is free and is not available privately, and Gardai are advising people never to disclose personal information over the phone or via text message.



  • An Garda Síochána, the HSE and The Department of Health are advising members of the public to be aware of potential scams relating to the Covid-19 vaccine.

    In recent days, gardai are  of members of the public having received fraudulent text messages and calls regarding Covid vaccination.

    The text messages have made requests for people to confirm private and sensitive information such as PPS number, date of birth and address.

    Other people have received phone calls requesting they make an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccine jab at a random hospital. In most cases, the person receiving the call will say they are not in a position to travel to the hospital.

    This allows the caller to extract further personal details. Some individuals might confirm that they live alone or reveal their home address. The caller will then offer to come to their residence to administer a vaccine.

    The HSE will never text or call individuals requesting personal information and they will never request payment for a Covid test or Vaccine.

    Your local GP will be the first point of contact about vaccination or Covid testing.

    The Covid-19 vaccine is free and it is not available privately.

    We would ask that members of the public make contact with any vulnerable friends or family to make them aware of these calls and text messages.
    Tips and Advice
    Never disclose private information over phone or via text message.
    • Do not give out your PPS Number to anyone who makes unsolicited contact with you whether by phone or email.  The HSE will never call or text you and ask for your PPS number
    • The HSE will never call you to request your home address
    • Never give away personal data or disclose who you may live with or if you live alone
    • The HSE will never request payment for a Covid test or vaccine
    • If you receive such a call, just hang up
    • Anyone who mistakenly provides personal information in response to this scam should contact report the matter to their local Garda Station
    • If you have questions or concerns relating to Covid testing or vaccination, contact your local GP
  • Gardai are this evening warning of a scam where people are receiving text messages for Bank of Ireland 365.

    A message from the bank being sent to users tells them that their online account has been disabled due to unusual activity.

    The scam is being sent through a text message that urges the user to click a link that sends them to an external website.

    However, the link is not a legitimate website, and is not a Bank of Ireland link.

    In a statement issued about scam texts and emails, Bank of Ireland said: "We are aware of fraudsters sending fake emails and texts to Irish consumers, pretending to be from Bank of Ireland.

    "Customers are being asked to remain vigilant against online fraud and cyber activity, as the COVID-19 outbreak provides fraudsters with increased potential to exploit the current period of uncertainty. In particular we are asking customers to be wary of fake websites imitating Bank of Ireland websites.

  • Gardaí are investigating if a Roscommon businessman was duped into taking part in a €15 million scam carried out by criminals exploiting the demand for face masks during the coronavirus crisis.

    According to today’s Irish Times, the 48-year-old businessman was interviewed voluntarily by gardaí from the National Economic Crime Bureau last Friday. He is suspected of acting as a middleman for a scam transaction for face masks after €1.5 million was traced to an Irish bank account he owned.

    The money came from German health authorities desperate to secure face masks for their frontline staff.

    During a lengthy interview, the man denied knowingly taking part in the fraud and said he was also a victim. He said he had believed he was taking part in a legitimate business deal and provided gardaí with digital devices which he said would prove his innocence.

    Gardaí are currently examining the man’s devices and email accounts to see if they corroborate his story.

    Investigators suspect that his involvement in the transaction is more than the use of his bank account. Gardaí have evidence he travelled to Germany and the Netherlands in relation to the transfers of funds that occurred.


  • Gardaí are warning the public in relation to recent attempted fraud incidents where scammers are impersonating members of the Gardaí.

    It’s a slightly different variant of the scam which aims to obtain personal information such as bank account details and/or PPS number.

    In this latest scam a phone call from a number similar to the Garda Confidential Line contacts a person stating they are investigating fraud activity or investigating a crime and require your details to progress the investigation.

    The phone call comes from 0-1800-666-111. However, the actual Garda Confidential Line number is 1800-666-111 and does not make outgoing calls.

    A person or automated message tells you there is a warrant out for your arrest or a fine. To prevent further action you are asked to make a payment.

    Crime Prevention Officer, Sergeant Brian McSweeney is advising that Gardaí will never contact anyone out of the blue over the phone and request  bank account details.

    He says whilst the scammers may change their stories or methods, their goal is always the same – they want to access your sensitive information.

    "Never give out your information be it over the phone, text or email.”