Gardaí urge public to be vigilant of coronavirus text scam

Gardaí urge public to be vigilant of coronavirus text scam

Gardaí have issued a warning to the public to be on alert for fraudulent messages in relation to Covid-19

The public has been warned to be on alert for fraudulent text messages in relation to Covid-19.

The scam message states that the recipient has been in contact with someone who has tested positive for Covid-19 and asks the person to click on a link in the text.

Gardaí have urged the public to delete this message if they receive it and not to click on the link.

Image of the Covid-19 text scam currently doing the rounds.
Image of the Covid-19 text scam currently doing the rounds.

"We were alerted to a scam relating to Covid-19 which involves people receiving a text message and recommending self isolation and asking the person to click on a link. This is a scam. Delete the text and don't follow the link," Gardaí in Tipperary wrote on social media. 

"For all information on Covid19, follow the Government guidelines on gov.ie or HSE.ie.

"A member of the public health team may phone you and ask about people you have been in contact with. 

"This is called contact tracing. Your GP can also advise you further," they continued.

This latest scam follows a warning from Bank of Ireland last month, asking customers to be vigilant of newly created fake websites, and not to respond to bogus SMS text messages seeking their personal details.

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