Analysis: anyone young or old can fall victim to these scammers, but there are some ways we can help ourselves

It’s another thing we can chalk down to the pandemic: the huge increase in scam emails and text messages tricking people to share personal and banking details. In Ireland, we’ve seen warnings from the Revenue Commissioners, the Department of Social Protection, An Post and the gardai about this practice. Irish consumers are not alone in this: mobile phone users worldwide have been targetted with texts that appear at first glance to be from delivery companies or government departments.

The resurgence of text scams of late appears to be taking advantage of circumstances brought about by the pandemic but, according to Gareth Norris and Alexandra Brookes from the Department of Psychology at Aberystwyth University, we can stamp them out by learning more about them.

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From RTÉ Radio 1’s Ray D’Arcy Show, Conor Pope from The Irish Times on how to avoid getting scammed

Writing in The Conversation, Norris and Brookes saw that the scamsters are multiplying due to timing. “More of us are expecting a parcel in the post after increasing our online shopping since March 2020″, they say, “while novel financial measures related to the…

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