Gardaí tell people exactly what to do if they’re contacted by a scammer by phone, text or email | #phishing | #scams


An Garda Síochána has issued advice to the public in the wake of a spate of sophisticated phishing scams.

Between numerous social welfare scams over the course of the pandemic and the cyber attack on the HSE, there has been a rise in people receiving fraudulent phone calls, texts and emails in recent weeks.

Although it has not been officially confirmed that people’s medical data has been leaked, Gardaí are still asking the public to be vigilant and say every person needs to be scam aware.

A spokesperson told RSVP Live: “The Garda National Cyber Crime Bureau (GNCCB) is continuing its criminal investigation into the cyber attack on the HSE in conjunction with local and international partners.

“An Garda Síochána has not been confirmed, at this time with any certainty, that any personal records or data have been leaked, even though this is probable and would be a feature of these attacks.

“An Garda Síochána continues to advise people that An Garda Síochána, the Health Service Executive (HSE), the Department of Social Welfare or other state agencies will not cold call a person looking for personal information such as Date of Birth, PPS numbers or bank account details.

“An Garda Síochána encourages people who have reason to suspect they are victims of cyber related crime, particularly the recent criminal cyber-attack of the HSE, to make a report at their local Garda station.”

If you are worried you may fall/have fallen victim to a scam recently, here is some handy information to know.

Types of popular scams at the moment

  • 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

If you think you have come into contact with a fraudster via phone, email or text

  • Do not engage with the caller
  • 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 it doubt ring local station or 999
  • Screenshot the email, text message or other communications





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