“Fraudsters claiming to be from An Garda Siochana”.
Gardai have received reports of persons receiving phone calls from fraudsters claiming to be members of An Garda Siochana. The number they are calling from appears to be the phone number of a genuine Garda station. How they are approaching the public is as follows:
The person receiving the call is subjected to a pre-recorded or automated message that prompts you to select an option.
The person is then put through to a person alleging to be a member of An Garda Siochana.
The scammer either looks for personal information or informs the person that their details have been involved or linked to a crime.
After giving over personal details, the victim receives a follow-up call from another scammer seeking more details on behalf of An Garda Siochana. This call appears to be coming from a genuine Garda Station.
An Garda Siochana will NEVER make contact with members of the public in this fashion.
Should you receive any such call, you are advised:
Do not engage with the caller
Do not return the call
Do not follow the automated instructions to press 1, 2 etc
NEVER transfer money
Never disclose personal or financial information
Hang up and end the call
If you believe you may have fallen victim to this scam, contact your financial institution immediately and report the matter to your local Garda Station.