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# Scam

Last year
Fraudsters stole nearly €45 million through frauds and scams in the second half of 2021
A report by
Hayley Halpin
That’s according to a new report published today by FraudSMART.
That's according to a new report published today by FraudSMART.
The report outlines how debit and credit card fraud (including ATM) hit €14.5 million.
People are being warned to be extra vigilant as Black Friday and Christmas approach.
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# Scam
Bank of Ireland sees 40% increase in fraudulent text and call cases compared with last month
Consumers are being warned about a combined fake text and phone call fraud tactic.
# smishing
'They were so convincing': RTÉ journalist details ‘very sophisticated’ scam that drained his savings
The fraudsters spoofed AIB phone numbers to make the scam appear legitimate.
# misinfo
Financial advisor warns against hoax crypto ads featuring Leo Varadkar and other public figures
Users of multiple websites reported encountering the false ad featuring the FG leader in recent weeks.
# Scam
Gardaí probe 'fake rental' scams on Facebook Marketplace
People have been conned out of thousands of euro.
# online dating
Gardaí warn of increase in 'romance fraud' scams
From January to May of this year, 31 people reported the loss of a total €812,715.
# Scam
Warning over new email scam which claims user is being investigated for child sex offences
Gardaí are urging the public to beware of the scam.
# Scam
Central Bank warns that fraudulent firms are impersonating it in a bid to defraud customers
The fraudulent entities are operating as retail credit firms and using the bank’s logo and name.
# Fraud
Letter sent to politician claiming they were suspected of sexual offences was extortion 'scam'
It purported to have been sent by the Department of Justice and the European police agency Europol.
# Scam
Warning issued over fraud ring seeking bank details of victims
The scam occurs when fraudsters send out texts with a link to what appears to be a genuine bank website.
# bad egg
Public warned over scam messages claiming to offer free Cadbury chocolate
The confectionery firm has urged people to not interact with messages circulating claiming to offer free Easter chocolate.
# Investment
Woman (60s) suspected of investment offences arrested after searches in Dublin
She is currently being detained at Irishtown Garda Station.
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# Dublin
Garda warning after reports of bogus tradesmen targeting householders with 'rat's nest' scam
Officers are urging locals to be on the alert for suspicious callers.
An attempted scam took place over two days last week at an estate in north Dublin, Stephen McDermott writes.
Officers are urging householders in the area to be on the alert for suspicious callers.
One charity has described the attempted scam as 'despicable'.
# Fraud
Courts Service warns of phone scam using what appears to be one of its own numbers
It warned the public not to engage with the caller if they receive such a call.
# smishing
Gardaí warn of text scam telling people of 'unusual activity' on Permanent TSB account
Gardaí say the fraudsters want your personal data so they can steal money.
Gardaí say Irish fraud victims have lost thousands on fake news articles about high-yield investments
Victims of investment fraud are usually in their 60s and the average amount lost is €37,000.
# Cybersecurity
Android users warned over sophisticated 'missed delivery' text messages attempting to steal personal information
Vodafone Ireland, Eir and Three have all warned customers about the so-called FluBot scam today.
# Fraud
Warning as fraudsters see HSE hack as opportunity to scam people with calls and texts
HSE CEO Paul Reid said fraudsters are “leveraging off the fear” people have around this hack.
# Fraud
Bank of Ireland warns of a spike this week in smishing messages
The bank is asking customers not to respond to fraudulent texts that try to obtain their account details.
Criminal Assets Bureau take possession of house in Killarney raid as part of investigation into bogus home repair gang
Operation Tarmac began in 2016 and ended today with the seizure of the home.
# Watch Out
Department of Social Protection warns of phone scam using what appears to be its helpline number
The department does not contact members of the public using the number.
# Social Protection
'Sophisticated' scam involves people receiving phone calls from bogus department official
The Department of Social Protection never requests bank account details from its customers by phone or SMS.
# Scam
Man charged in Kerry over suspected investment fraud
Three victims reported losses totalling some €125,000.
# smishing
Gardaí issue warning to public after marked increase in text message scams
A total of 45 such scams were recorded in the first week of February compared with just 13 in the same period last year and in 2019.
# Fraud
'Some people lost absolutely everything': Garda warning as investment fraud scams on the rise
Gardaí have said more people have become vulnerable to these scams during the pandemic because they are concerned about their finances.
# Scam
Eight Britons arrested for hacking phones of US celebrities and sport stars
The suspects used a SIM-swapping scam to take control of the wealthy targets’ mobile phones and steal cash, bitcoin and personal data.
# Scam
People warned of scam text messages and calls about the Covid-19 vaccine
Gardaí, the HSE and the Department of Health have emphasised that your GP would be the first point of contact about the Covid vaccine.
# Scam
Gardaí issue warning to online shoppers over courier payment scam
Gardaí are aware of a scam in which people are asked to pay additional cost for customs clearance.
# smishing
Warning over spate of fake texts claiming customs charges owed on online buys
Warnings issued as scammers are using so-called “sim towers” to circulate fake text messages purporting to be from legitimate parcel delivery firms.
# Fraud
Bank of Ireland warns customers not to fall for investment scams
The bank issued a fraud alert today following an increase in reports of incidence of investment fraud.
# warning
Department of Social Protection and An Post issue warnings over scam text messages
Health officials are warning anyone who thinks they’ve been affected to contact their bank.
# smishing
Bank of Ireland to reimburse victims of smishing scam
The bank will also launch a campaign to raise awareness of smishing.
# Scam
'This is a scam': Warning issued after scammer impersonates financial ombudsman staff member
The scam has been reported to gardaí by the Financial Services and Pensions Ombudsman.
# brushing
Quiz: This is your chance to test how much you know about seeds
Yes, seeds.
# Your Say
Poll: Have you ever received a smishing text message?
Smishing scams are all too common.
# smishing
Bank of Ireland to conduct review after customers lose thousands of euro in text scam
Fraudsters have targeted people via texts that appear to be from the bank.
# smishing
Gardaí warn of text message scam telling people their AIB bank card has been compromised
Individuals are then asked to send the card to one of three addresses.
# Scam
HSE warns public of phone scam in which fraudsters claim to be from contact tracing team
The HSE has stressed that it does not charge or ask for payment for testing.
# smishing
Youth arrested as gardaí and Bank of Ireland warn of text message 'smishing' scam
A number of reports have been received by gardaí in relation to this scam.
# Texts
People warned not to fall for unemployment payment text scam
The text states that the recipient is due to receive a payment, and asks them to click on a link.