Gardai are again urging the public not to fall victim to scam phone calls concerning PPS numbers.

In recent days, Gardai have received reports from a number of areas relating to automated scam calls.

The recipient is called and advised, by recorded message, that Gardai are investigating suspicious activity linked to their PPS numbers.

The person is then advised to press a number to speak to someone further in relation to the matter.

The calls are coming mainly from numbers starting with 087.

Gardai are advising the public not to engage with the caller, and not to follow the instructions to press a number on their phone.

Recipients should hang up and block the number if possible.

Gardai say people should never disclose personal or financial information in this way, and should report any such calls to their local Gardai.