Gardaí warn of increase in fraudulent phone calls and emails

Gardaí warn of increase in fraudulent phone calls and emails
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Gardaí have issued a warning about fraudulent phone calls and emails after a local business was targeted.

A scam email was sent to the business’s email account claiming to be from an account known to the business.

The email read: "Hi are you available via email because I will be needing you to sort out some things for me. I will appreciate a quick reply from you thanks."

The scammer continued to look for information that triggered alarm bells for staff.

Gardaí have reported an increase in the number of scam calls made to landlines and mobiles over the last number of days.

Members of the public have been warned by gardaí to be vigilant of any suspicious texts, emails or phone calls and to think twice if presented with any special offers.

Gardaí warned not to give any personal bank account details over the phone or by return of email.

Sergeant James O’Donovan of Bandon Garda station said: “It’s important to have these discussions about scams with your family and ensure that they are all made aware of these scam attempts."

Gardaí also advised people who are targeted to hang up, block, ignore and report.

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