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11th Dec 2018

This Email Scam Involving A Fake Garda Is Doing The Rounds Right Now

Kiara Keane

If you get an email that sounds like this, make sure you delete it right away.

Gardaí have issued a warning over a scammer posing as a Guard and trying to get money from unsuspecting Irish renters.

They have been using the name ‘Inspector Andrew Cullen’ and trying to get people’s personal information from them by pretending it’s part of an investigation.

They said, ‘It has come to the attention of the Gardaí that persons are receiving unsolicited emails from an individual claiming to be an “Inspector Andrew Cullen” of the Garda National Economic Crime Bureau.

‘No such Garda member exists, these emails are not official and appear to be part of a rental scam to deceive people into handing over deposits on properties.

‘If you have any concerns about unsolicited emails or other correspondence received from An Garda Síochána, please contact your local Garda Station to verify the authenticity of same.’

They added that they would never ask for any personal or banking information through email or over the phone.

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