During the current COVID-19 Crisis, the scammers and the schemers are still hard at work trying to deceive us all.

From false websites of utility companies to fake banks and government websites to phone calls from strange numbers etc… the scammers are asking you to click links and hand over your private information.

DO NOT SHARE ANY OF YOUR INFORMATION AS A RESULT OF A TEXT OR AN EMAIL THAT YOU DO NOT TRUST.

EUROPOL and An Garda Síochána offer advice for you to follow and STAY ALERT during the COVID-19 Pandemic:

DON’T reply to suspicious email and text messages or return calls.
DON’T share your bank card details or any personal information.
DON’T open links or attachments in unsolicited emails and texts.
DON’T send money upfront to someone you do not know.
DON’T share news that does not come from official sources.
DON’T buy items on-line that seem to be sold out elsewhere.

And if someone texts or emails you to tell you won Millions in the Spanish Lottery, ask yourself first Did I buy a ticket in the draw?

If the answer is NO, I didn’t – so you didn’t win and these scammers wants to deceive you – DON’T RESPOND.

Report suspicious on-line, suspicious in-person activity and any attempts to deceive you to An Garda Síochána.

As always – Keep Safe – Keep Well – Keep in Touch.

Mick Lernihan
General Secretary
24th April 2020