We have a Major Scandal of Millions being Stolen, by Foreign National in relation to Covid Payments, one Non National told me recently, I am back home, working, and still get 350 Euros into my Bank Account from Ireland weekly? Its Great, he went on to Say, why is your Government so Stupid???

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Gardai make 17 arrests in social welfare fraud investigation after hitting businesses in multi-agency sting

The searches were as a result of investigations into fraudulent Covid-19 Social Welfare activity

17 people have been arrested after a huge operation involving multiple Garda agencies saw businesses targeted on Thursday.

The Garda National Immigration Bureau led the sting, which was focused on a number of premises in Dublin City centre.

The search operation included Garda Officers from GNIB, Gardaí from Mountjoy Garda station and representatives from the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC), the Department of Social Protection (DSP) and Revenue officials.

The searches were as a result of investigations into fraudulent Covid-19 Social Welfare activity.

Five business premises were searched with the aim of disrupting, eliminating and prosecuting this fraudulent activity.

During the course of these searches 17 people (9 men and 8 women), ranged in age from 20s to 60s were arrested for Immigration offences.

Sixteen of them have been charged and bailed to appear before District Court 3, Criminal Courts of Justice on the 18th November 2021.

One man ages in his 50s remains in custody and is scheduled to appear before Dublin District Court this morning 5th November 2021 in relation to an outstanding bench warrant.

A Garda van in operation
A Garda van in operation (Image: Collins)

Meanwhile, Bank of Ireland has issued a scam warning to customers about cryptocurrency-themed fraud.

An alert published on Thursday by the Bank warns customers about a social media advertising campaign which mentions Bank of Ireland in the context of a crypto auto-trading programme.

Fraudsters are using social media channels to post fake campaigns themed around cryptocurrency.

Bank of Ireland’s consistent message to customers on fraud is when it comes to personal information or financial transactions, the ‘zero trust’ principle must be front of mind – never trust, always verify.

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