A scam in which emails are sent to people claiming the Gardai are investigating them for sexual offences has been doing the rounds of late and a Garda spokesperson has told Meath Live any one receiving such correspondence should be careful.
They said, ‘Gardaí are aware of an ongoing e-mail based scam/ fraud where an individual receives correspondence claiming to be from An Garda Síochána.
This correspondence states that the individual has been accused of offences in relation to investigations into child pornography – paedophilia – cyber pornography – or some similar ‘judicial’ claim.
‘Gardaí are advising the public that An Garda Síochána does not and will not make contact with a person under investigation in this way.
We would like to remind the public of the following fraud prevention advice:
• Don’t respond to any unsolicited email seeking personal, financial or security advice.
• Never click on a link or attachment in an unsolicited email.
• If you believe the email is from a genuine source, verify this independently. Independently means independent of the email sender.
• Independently verify any requests for information and never use the contact details supplied to you by the caller or texter. Independent means independent of the caller or texter.
Further fraud prevention advice can be found here:
‘We would urge anybody who has received similar correspondence and has any concern about it to contact their local Garda Station for advice.
An Garda Síochána also appeals to any person who may have inadvertently or otherwise engaged with this scam, or any similar scam, and subsequently been a victim of this type of fraud to report it to their local Garda Station.’