scams

  • Mayo Gardai are urging the public to be on alert for scams, during the coronavirus outbreak.

    Chief Superintendent Tony Healy says 10 new Gardai have been deployed to the Mayo Garda Division, and Garda stations remain open as usual during Covid-19 to respond to any incidents.

    While streets are quieter than usual, the Chief Supt says crime continues to happen, and people should be on alert for bogus callers or online scams, as some criminals may use the current emergency to exploit others......

  • Gardai are warning that people 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.

    Their goal is to access sensitive information and get their hands on your money.

    Gardai are urging the public never to give out such information over the phone or by text or email.

    During this month, a person in Galway lost over €20,000 after being told their PPS number was found following a raid at a house.

    In Dublin, a person lost over €20,000 after being told they were being investigated for money laundering, and were required to lodge money into an account, while in Donegal, an injured party lost €750 after being contacted via social media by an unknown person information them they had won a prize of €15,000 but needed to use an amazon card to claim the prize.

    Gardai say this type of fraud has increased fivefold this month, compared to last month.

  • Workers are being warned of a number of new scams aimed at those working from home.

    Cyber security company ESET Ireland have identified one of the fraudulent emails which appears in the form of a Microsoft notification, urging users to complete a task.

    Another scam appears to be from customer management software Salesforce and leads to a phishing website that harvests users' login details.

    ESET is urging people to be cautious with any emails that require them to click on links and fill in login details.