Garda warns public to beware of latest ‘vishing’ money scams
2018-02-15 16:55:00 -

The Garda National Economic Crime Bureau has urged the public and especially immigrants to beware when providing personal and financial details to third parties, following a number of recently reported scams.


According to the Garda, the first relates to bank compromise fraud via voice phishing or ‘vishing’. The victim was contacted by an individual purporting to be from their bank, stating their account had some suspicious transactions. In order to provide a refund, the victim was instructed to send funds via money transfer to locations including Nepal, Kenya and Cambodia.


The second relates to fraud targeting Indian and other nationalities recently arrived in Ireland, who were contacted by phone and told they had incorrectly filled in a form at the airport in their country of origin. They were then told their visa would be invalid and they would be deported unless they sent funds via money transfer to India to rectify the issue.


Speaking about the situation, Detective Chief Superintendent Patrick Lordan of the Garda National Economic Crime Bureau said: “I want to highlight the fact that banks and financial institutions will never telephone or email anyone to send or provide their personal details of bank cards, date of birth, address or other personal details.


“Please disregard any such requests, as these criminals are seeking out your personal details, including some current scams where foreign nationals are receiving calls that there are issues with their visas and to forward finances to rectify the problem.”


At press time, it was unconfirmed if the immigrants targeted lost money to the fraudsters.


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