Gardaí warn of email fraud impersonating An Garda Síochána

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Gardaí are warning the public to be careful of email fraud where scanners are threatening them with over fake crimes.

There have been reports of people receiving scam emails claiming to be from An Garda Síochána.

The fraudsters claim that their computer is to be seized in connection with an investigation into “child pornography – Paedophilia – Cyber pornography – Sex trafficking or some similar ‘judicial’ claim,” a Garda spokesperson said.

“Gardaí are advising the public that An Garda Síochána does not and will not make contact with a person under investigation in this way.”

Gardaí are advising people not to respond to unsolicited emails seeking personal or financial information, or to click any links in an unsolicited emails.

If you receive an email you think might be genuine, verify it and any requests it makes independently from the sender.

“We would urge anybody who has received similar correspondence and has any concern about it to contact their local Garda station for advice.

‘An Garda Síochána also appeals to any person who may have inadvertently or otherwise engaged with this scam, or any similar scam, and subsequently been a victim of this type of fraud to report it to their local Garda Station.”