Gardaí are warning the public in relation to recent attempted fraud incidents where scammers are impersonating members of the Gardaí.
It’s a slightly different variant of the scam which aims to obtain personal information such as bank account details and/or PPS number.
In this latest scam a phone call from a number similar to the Garda Confidential Line contacts a person stating they are investigating fraud activity or investigating a crime and require your details to progress the investigation.
The phone call comes from 0-1800-666-111. However, the actual Garda Confidential Line number is 1800-666-111 and does not make outgoing calls.
A person or automated message tells you there is a warrant out for your arrest or a fine. To prevent further action you are asked to make a payment.
Crime Prevention Officer, Sergeant Brian McSweeney is advising that Gardaí will never contact anyone out of the blue over the phone and request bank account details.
He says whilst the scammers may change their stories or methods, their goal is always the same – they want to access your sensitive information.
"Never give out your information be it over the phone, text or email.”