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Fraud Prevention Advice Regarding Automated Phone Calls and Texts.

Tipperary Gardaí are urging the public to spread the word regarding fraud prevention, as people continue to fall victim to scams on a daily basis.

In recent days Tipperary Divisional Gardai have been alerted to an increase of Scam phone calls whereby 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.

Clonmel Gardai are issuing a warning to the public about fraudulent texts, emails and phone call scams requesting personal data, after receiving numerous complaints in the past week.

Banks, the Department of Social Welfare, An Garda Siochana etc. will never contact you via phone or email requesting personal details such as your PPS number or Bank Account details.

PLEASE DO REMEMBER:

  • Do Not Engage with the caller or return the call.
  • Never Share Personal Information with anyone online, by text or on a cold call.
  • A Member of An Garda Siochana or a Department of Social Protection employee would never advise a member of the Public to move money from their account or to purchase cryptocurrency or move their money anywhere to keep it safe.
  • 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.

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 have received such a text, via email or phone call, please be advised to contact either your bank branch, local Garda station (Thurles 0504-25100) or the Department of Social Protection helpline number (1890 800 024.)

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2 comments to Fraud Prevention Advice

  • Pat

    Got 3 of these calls yesterday. Rang Garda station. They did not want to know phone numbers but just told me to hang up and not go any further with the calls which I did. Got 1 similar call today. All came from 083 numbers.

  • George Willoughby

    083 numbers are so cheap, that spammers / scammers drop them before Gardaí can trace same.

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