Aemilius Cupero News:
Gardai have warned people of the latest scam that involves fraudsters calling members of the public impersonating the gardai.
Reports have been made to the gardai of people receiving automated scam phone calls saying that an investigation has been launched regarding suspicious activity linked to their PPS number.
Scam calls, texts and emails have been on the rise since the beginning of the pandemic as hackers take advantage of people working from home.
A spokesperson for the gardai said, “Gardaí are urging the public to spread the word of fraud prevention as people continue to fall victim to scams on a daily basis.
“In recent days Gardaí have received reports in Counties Donegal, Monaghan, Dublin and Kilkenny relating to automated scam phone calls.
“The recipient is called and advised via a recorded message that An Garda Síochána is investigating them in relation to suspicious activity linked to their PPS number.
“In order to rectify the situation the recipient is then advised to press a number to speak to someone further in relation to the matter.”
The scam phone calls are believed to be mainly coming from phone numbers with a 087 prefix.
Scammers are now using software that allows them to disguise the phone number they call from to make it look as if it is from a legitimate organisation.
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The gardai have advised anyone who comes into contact with the scam to follow the following guidelines:
• Do not engage with the caller.
• Do not return the call.
• Do not follow the automated instructions – Do not press 1 etc.
• Never disclose personal or financial information.
• Hang up and block the number if possible.
The garda spokesperson said, “Whilst the scammers may change their stories and methods, their goal is always the same – they want to access your sensitive information and get their hands on your money.
“If you believe you may have fallen victim to this scam, contact your financial institution and report the matter to local Gardaí.”