Gardaí warn of new mobile phone scam

Gardaí warn of new mobile phone scam

GARDAÍ are warning about a new scam centred on mobile phone credit.

Following an arrest in recent days, Gardaí say the scam involves a person looking for a large amount of phone credit.

A garda spokesman said: "When the phone credit is handed over, a claim is then made that the person is having trouble paying via a mobile app.

"During this exchange a photo of the phone credit is captured and although the slip of credit is returned to the shop, the person has obtained the credit information and uses it subsequently. 

"Retailers are advised to be wary of this type of fraud and to remain vigilant."

He added: "If they think someone has photographed credit they should cancel it with the providers immediately. 

"They should call the Gardaí and report it. 

"Advice should be given to staff to be on the lookout for such scams and only hand over credit when payment has been secured."

A man was arrested in Mayo last weekend in connection with the scam. He was taken into custody by gardaí performing a checkpoint.

A garda statement said: "At 5.15pm on May 2 members of the Mayo Roads Policing Unit stopped a black Volkswagen Golf while conducting a MIT checkpoint and observed that the tax disc displayed looked to be false. 

"Using the Garda Mobility App at the roadside, Gardaí were immediately alerted to issues with this driver’s vehicle. 

"Through the Garda Mobility App Gardaí were instantly made aware that this car was displaying cloned registration plates and that the driver was sought for deception thefts nationwide."

It added: "It was also established the car being driven was stolen from Howth, Co Dublin in November 2019."

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