Smishing scams - be very careful please
Gardaí have issued a warning to people in Dundalk over a recent text message or “smishing” scam, where fraudsters attempt to steal personal information with fake Covid-19 testing appointments.
Gardaí at the Garda National Economic Crime Bureau (GNECB) have warned of texts purporting to be from the HSE, advising people to book a Covid-19 test through a link.
According to the Gardaí, once someone clicks on a link, they’re brought to a fake website where fraudsters seek their personal information, including PPS numbers and payment for a Covid-19 test.
The links being supplied may look similar to genuine HSE links, but may have misspellings.
An example of a fraudulent text
Gardaí have said that the HSE will not seek payment for either Covid-19 testing or vaccination, and that the public should be wary about texts of that nature.
Other smishing scams currently operating include those purporting to be from banks, revenue, service providers or delivery companies.
On occasion, texts or messages from these fraudsters can appear alongside previous genuine texts, which can appear to give them authenticity.
Gardaí are asking people to follow their advice around smishing and other scams, which includes:
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