Gardaí issue advice on what NOT to do if called by 083 scammers | #phishing | #scams

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In response to the huge increase in phishing scams, mainly coming from 083 numbers, the Gardai cybercrime unit has shared more information and issued advice.

The current “083 scam” is being proliferated via email, text message and phone call. 

Gardai say that the following four areas are being exploited by criminals and fraudsters;

• Underpayment/ Overpayment for some goods or service

• Eligibility for a refund or Social Welfare payment

• Being investigated in relation to criminal activity

• Possible leak of Personal Information


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According to The Irish Mirror, Garda Superintendant Liam Geraghty said: “Our crime prevention advice has been and remains, if you are contacted by persons stating that they have your personal details and are looking for bank account details, you should not engage or provide any personal information.”

An Garda Siochana are asking anyone contacted by scammers to report suspected breaches of personal data, which will be examined by specialist investigators and such reports will be handled in a sensitive matter.

In order to make people more aware of scams, particularly at the moment, An Garda Síochána has issued the following advice:

• Do not engage with the caller

• Do not click on any links in emails or text messages

• Do not download APPs / remote access software

• Do not press 1 etc…

• Do not click on any links in emails or text messages

• Do not send them money,

• Do not download APPs / remote access software

• Do not withdraw money and lodge it into cryptocurrency ATMs

• If someone calls to your home, do not let them in without seeing Identification – if in doubt ring local station or 999

• Screenshot the email, text message or other communication,

• If concerned please contact your local Garda station


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