Scammers are spoofing the phone numbers of real Garda stations in an attempt to find out personal information and bank details.
Over the past few weeks people across the country have been plagued by scam calls, from the ‘083 scams’ to bogus texts claiming to be from a reputable delivery company – all in a bid to get their hands on victims’ financial details.
The latest scam is just as sinister.
Gardai have warned against “caller id spoofing,” where an incoming call will display the real telephone number of a Garda Station.
The scam caller will then “concoct some story” in an attempt to get their victim to divulge personal details and bank access codes.
The scam is worrying. Garda Siochana Wicklow shared on Facebook that they “do a lot of our business through telephone calls.”
However, Gardai warn, “never disclose any financial details to anyone saying they are a member of An Garda Siochana.”
Social media users shared their experience of the scam, with one describing the caller as having a “computer generated, slightly American voice, but pronounced “Garda Siochana” perfectly”.
Another claimed to have received six scam calls yesterday.
If you receive a scam call, Gardai have given the following advice:
In a video shared online last month, Minister for Social Protection Heather Humphreys advised: “If anyone calls you, sends you a text or emails you out of the blue requesting personal information such as your PPS number or your bank details, they’re trying to con you.
“Please remember, keep your personal information safe and be fraud aware.”
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