Scammers posing as HSE COVID-19 tracker app workers are trying to steal money from members of the public.
The COVID-19 tracker app was launched this week and over one million people have signed up to help with contact tracing should there be an outbreak of the virus.
Data and information issues were raised as sign-ups began, but the HSE ensured users that the app was safe and information would be stored correctly.
This scam is not linked to any data breach, instead the process by which the app works is being exploited by scammers.
Posts on social media indicate that the scammers are making contact by phone purporting to be working on behalf of track and trace system.
The person is told by the scammer that they had been in contact with someone who had coronavirus and that they needed to be tested within 72 hours.
Before a test could be carried out and results given, the person is told that they would have to pay a fee, which is payable by card over the phone.
The scammer seeks to gather bank or credit card information from their victim, claiming that it is to cover the cost of the test.
The scammer also adds additional pressure by suggesting to the victim that they could face penalties if they didn’t comply.
Extra.ie also asked Gardai about any reports of this nature in recent days and a spokesperson said: ‘An Garda Siochana would encourage the public to never give any personal financial or security information to any person or company unless you have satisfied yourself that they are genuine.
‘Be wary if you are asked to transfer money to non-identifiable locations such as PO Boxes or through Money Transfer companies rather than bank accounts.
‘Further advice on fraud can be found in the fraud section of our website via the following link.’
Extra.ie has contacted the HSE for comment in relation to the scam.
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