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28/07/2021

Kilkenny gardaí investigate scam involving PPS numbers

Kilkenny gardaí investigate scam involving PPS numbers

Gardaí are urging the public to spread the word of fraud prevention as people continue to fall victim to scams on a daily basis.
 
In recent days gardaí have received reports nationwide including reports from  Kilkenny relating to automated scam phone calls.
 
The recipient is called and advised via a recorded message that An Garda Síochána is investigating them in relation to suspicious activity linked to their PPS number. In order to rectify the situation the recipient is then advised to press a number to speak to someone further in relation to the matter. These scam calls are mainly coming from numbers with the 087 prefix.
 
On receipt of these communications, the advice of An Garda Síochána is as follows:

• Do not engage with the caller.
• Do not return the call.
• Do not follow the automated instructions – Do not press 1 etc.
• Never disclose personal or financial information.
• Hang up and block the number if possible.

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