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Ireland: Gardaí Issue Warning Over Scam Stealing People's Personal and Financial Information

Don't get caught out...

Gardaí have issued a warning to the public over sophisticated scams which have been targeting financial and personal information from people in Ireland.

The first scam relates to a Bank Compromise Fraud, also known as vishing. This is where criminals persuade victims to hand over personal details or transfer money, over the telephone.

The victim was contacted by an individual purporting to be from their bank stating their account had some suspicious transactions. In order to provide a refund, the victim was instructed to send funds via financial money transfer to locations including Nepal, Kenya and Cambodia.

The second scam relates to a fraud targeting Indian and other nationalities after recently travelling to Ireland, who were contacted by phone and told they had incorrectly filled in a form at the airport in their country of origin.

They were told their Visa would be invalid and warned they'd be deported unless they sent money via financial money transfer to India to rectify the issue.

Speaking on the scams, Detective Chief Superintendent Patrick Lordan of Garda National Economic Crime Bureau said, "I want to highlight the fact that Banks and Financial Institutions will never telephone or email anyone to send or provide their personal details of bank cards, date of birth, address or other personal details.

"Please disregard any such requests, as these criminals are seeking out your personal details, including some current scams where foreign nationals are receiving calls that there are issues with their visas and to forward finances to rectify the problem."

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