Gardaí Issues Warning Over 'Vishing' Scam

Gardaí have issued a warning over a new telephone scam known as 'Vishing'.

'Vishing' involves criminals using a telephone to deceive people into providing financial information.

Members of the public would receive a telephone call to their landline from an individual claiming to be a 'Security Manager' from a well-known business.

The person is then asked to provide financial details to the caller. If they decline, the 'Security Manager' advises the person to either contact their local bank or Gardaí station and provide the information to them.

Recently, fraudsters have been using the name of the local Gardaí Superintendent to dupe the victim.

The customer then hangs up and assumes they are phoning either their bank or the Gardaí as instructed.

However, the scammer has not ended the original call. The victim then discloses their personal banking details to the fraudster.

Gardaí have said they have received increased reports with this type of scam, with victims loosing substantial sums of money.

Members of the public have lost sums in excess of €38,000, while another victim transferred over €22,000 on the instructions of a person claiming to be a Gardaí Superintendent.

Det Supt Gerard Walsh said: "These criminals are targeting vulnerable, usually elderly people and I want to warn people to never give anyone details of their bank accounts or credit card numbers. Please remember that no genuine person or organisation will call and ask for your details.

"Gardaí are asking community organisations, relatives or neighbours of elderly people to help us to get this message across."


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