Man arrested in connection with fraudulent claims of over €165,000 from PUP
Some 70 different names were used to claim the money from people who responded to a fraudulent email claiming to be from the Courts Service
The man, in his 40s, was arrested as part of a Gardaí investigation into a phishing email that was purporting to be from the Courts Service
December 08 2020 04:56 PM
A man has been arrested for a fraudulent claim of over €165,000 from the Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP).
The man, in his 40s, was arrested as part of a gardaí investigation into a phishing email that was purporting to be from the Courts Service.
The email outlined that the individual had been selected for jury service and asked for personal details.
Over 70 persons responded to this fraudulent message and provided personal data.
This data was used to make fraudulent applications for PUP payments and resulted in over €165,000 being paid out.
A garda spokesperson said: “Gardaí seconded to the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection, along with the Garda National Economic Crime Bureau and local Gardaí in Cork identified and arrested a suspect today, Tuesday 8th December 2020.
“He is currently being detained under the Provisions of Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984 at Midleton Garda station. He can be held for up to 24 hours.
A screenshot of the phishing email claiming to be the Courts service
Gardaí warned the public about this on its social media email back in June of this year.
Posting a screenshot of the email to Facebook, the post was captioned: “An Garda Síochána has been alerted to a scam where members of the public have received fraudulent jury service notices by email.
“In the email a request is made to click on a link to get a jury number. This is a scam, and the public are advised not to click on any links.
“A genuine jury summons is issued only through the postal system.
“The Courts Service of Ireland will never email a message such as this. Jury summonses are mailed via An Post.
“Other official communications are sent either by registered post, summons or under warrant.”