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Gardaí Warn Public About 'Vishing' And 'Visa' Scams That Are Catching People Out All Over Ireland

By Darragh Berry

February 18, 2019 at 10:01am

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Gardaí from the Garda National Economic Crime Bureau released a statement on Wednesday night reminding the public about the dangers of providing personal and financial details to third parties following a number of recently reported scams.

The first scam relates to a Bank Compromise Fraud (Vishing). The victim in question 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 financial money transfer to locations including Nepal, Kenya and Cambodia.

The second scam relates to a fraud targeting Indian and other nationalities after recently travelling to 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 told their Visa would be invalid and they would be deported unless they sent funds via financial money transfer to India to rectify the issue.

Speaking earlier today Detective Chief Superintendent Patrick Lordan, 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."

Something to be very wary of.

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