Mayo Gardaí are warning the public that there has been an increase in fraud incidents with bank debit cards, credit cards, online shopping and buying from trade magazines.
People have calls purporting to come from their bank saying that fraudulent activity has taken place in their account.
Bank details are looked for and subsequently money is stolen from the account.
People have bought goods on trade magazines, paid up front, but no goods arrive.
Other cases people have looked for a loan online paid a processing fee but no loan is ever received.
This is just one of a number of frauds ongoing at the moment.
Sergeant Tony Cosgrove, Mayo Crime Prevention Officer says ‘no legitimate bank will ever ask for your bank details in a phone call, text or email.
You should never give those details by any of these means and be alert to unsolicited/unexpected emails, telephone calls or texts.
If you do engage with them, always independently check that the person is who they say they are.
Be very careful when using ATMs or point of sales terminals, always shield your pin number with your hand and if you notice anything or anyone acting suspiciously don’t carry out the transaction and report it to your local Garda Station.