Warning issued about scammers calling from ‘genuine’ garda station number
18th June 2021
Scammers are pretending to be Gardai on phone calls and trying to get access to people’s information and money, the Gardai have warned.© Provided by Extra.ie
The scammers are calling Irish people from what appears to be a genuine number for a Garda station in Ireland.
The person receiving the call is put through to an answering machine before a scammer pretending to be a member of An Gardai Siochana alleges they have broken the law or looks for personal information.© Provided by Extra.ie Fraudsters are pretending to be Gardai and trying to get access to people’s information and money, the Gardai have warned. Pic: Artur Widak/NurPhoto via Getty Images.
The victim is then subjected to another call from a different scammer, also pretending to be a Garda, who asks for further information. This call reportedly comes from what appears to be a genuine number for an Irish Garda station.
In recent days Gardai have received reports of persons receiving phone calls from fraudsters claiming to be members of An Garda Síochána. The number calling appears to be the phone number of a genuine Garda station.
The Gardai have advised members of the public to not engage with these calls and added that they will ‘never make contact’ with people in this way.
A spokesperson for the Gardai said: ‘An Garda Síochana will never make contact with members of the public in this fashion. Most members of the public realise these type of calls are not legitimate and do not engage with the scammers.© Provided by Extra.ie The scammers are calling Irish people from what appears to be a genuine number for a Garda station in Ireland. Pic: Colin Keegan Collins Dublin
‘However, An Garda Síochána appreciates that a section of society may have very little to no previous interaction with An Garda Síochána and may be more susceptible to this type of fraud.
‘With this in mind An Garda Síochána is working with our National Diversity and Integration Unit to reach out through our various networks to highlight this scam to all,’ the spokesperson added.
If you receive a call like this, the Gardai advise the following: ‘Do not engage with the caller. Do not return the call. Do not follow the automated instructions – Do not press 1 etc. Never transfer money. Never disclose personal or financial information. Hang up and end the call.’
A Garda spokesperson added: ‘If you believe you may have fallen victim to this scam, contact your financial institution and report the matter to your local Garda station.’