Tuesday, January 25, 2022

 

A local TD is warning of bogus calls alleging to be from the Revenue Commissioners threatening people with arrest.

Independent Dáil deputy Denis Naughten poked fun at the would-be scammers on Twitter today, after an automated message told him the ‘Revenue Commissioners’ had issued a warrant for his arrest.

Local Gardaí have also noticed an increase in these types of offences.

Superintendent Tom Colsh told a recent meeting of the Roscommon joint policing committee that “I’ve noticed in recent months a dramatic increase in online fraud or online account take over fraud”.

He said that he had been liaising with local media to create awareness of this type of crime.

“These are crimes where people come in and take over accounts. We have all received the text messages and voice mails, asking us to provide our personal details. These crimes by their nature are very difficult to investigate, a lot of them have an international element,” Superintendent Colsh said. “So prevention is always the best course of action.”

Local Gardaí would continue to raise awareness of these types of crimes, he said. The increase in cybercrime was a national one, he added.

“These criminals they throw out the net and they cast it wide. If they contact 1,000 people so many will reply,” he said. “We notice it in the Castlerea District but it is replicated in other districts.”

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