An Garda Siochana and the Department of Social Protection have issued more advice to the public as the issue with phone call, text, and email scams continues to plague the population.

Gardaí are asking people to simply ignore all suspect text messages, phone calls and emails going forward, and to never click on links that were not sent by someone you know.

CSO crime statistics for Q1 of 2021, there was a 40% increase in fraud offences in Ireland in the year to June 2021 compared to the previous year.

The increase mostly occurred in Q1 and Q2 of this year and primarily relates to fraudulent attempts to obtain personal or banking information online or by phone as well as fraudulent use of credit and debit card information.

Speaking today at the launch of a new cybersecurity campaign aimed at helping older generations come to terms with identifying these scams, Assistant Commissioner O’Driscoll advised on “some simple but effective steps which can make cyberspace safer to operate within and more difficult for criminals to abuse.

John O’Driscoll, Assistant Garda Commissioner Special Crime Operations

“Our advice is don’t respond to unsolicited emails or links; don’t share personal information online and always have a secure and separate backup of your computer systems.”

While the younger generations in Ireland generally know when they have been targeted by a scam, and can deal with it easily, Sean Moynihan, Chief Executive of…

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