Gardaí have issued a warning about an unusual phone scam doing the rounds at the moment.
The scam is being carried out through 083 numbers, which many people may initially be more trusting of as receiving every day phone calls from similar numbers is very common.
When answered, an automated voice message will tell the listener that they are from Revenue and the Department of Social Protection and that their personal details have been compromised. Another scenario is an unusual (and rather scary) claim that a warrant has been issued for their arrest and that their bank account has, in some way, been implicated in a crime, putting their finances at risk, according to the Mirror.
Both of these are, of course, phishing scams, attempting to get your information from you.
The calls will attempt to get your personal information from you (via Getty)
Gardaí have issued the following statement on the issue:
“There has been a substantial increase in people receiving phishing phone calls from persons purporting to be from the Revenue and Dept Social Protection. The person receives a phone call initially or a voicemail from an 083 number. The voicemail is usually an automated voice advising them to press 1.
“Once this is selected, you are put through to a person who advises that their PPS number or bank account has been used in some serious crime, money laundering or drug trafficking.”
“Some people are led to believe that there is a warrant for their arrest in existence and are then advised that their accounts are compromised in some way or implicated in a crime and in order to make their money safe, it will need to be moved to a different account.
In a number of recent cases, the victims of these types of crimes were persuaded to download apps and allow remote access to their laptops thus allowing fraudsters to have access to their personal data and online banking. They then move money into different accounts.”
Have you received any of these calls?
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