The government has issued a statement after members of the public received fraudulent text messages saying that they are entitled to a Covid-19 payment.
The Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection has warned the public that 'these texts are not from the Department' and added 'please do not click on the link or reply to the text.'
The statement, issued this afternoon, reads as follows:
'The Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection has become aware that some members of the public have received text messages on their mobile phones from an unknown number telling them that they are entitled to the Covid-19 payment and to click on a link provided which is socialwelfareireland. When the person clicks on the link, they are then asked to provide their bank account details.
The Department is aware that some people have received fraudulent texts stating they're entitled to a #COVID19 Payment.
These texts are not from the Department. Please do not click on the link or reply to the text.
More info here: https://t.co/MDTE0uVD0O#SCAM #COVID19ireland pic.twitter.com/ASl2JiszZu
— welfare.ie (@welfare_ie) June 17, 2020