Residents warned of bogus messages sent to phones

By Maurice Garvey

RESIDENTS are reminded to be aware of bogus messages sent to their phones or email regarding parcel deliveries.

This week, gardai issued a public warning about unsolicited texts and emails which try to get people to click on various links.

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Bogus messages are being sent to mobile phones

Some of the scam messages pretended to be from An Post, where consumers receive various messages purporting to be from An Post relating to a parcel awaiting delivery and advising persons to click on the link for further details.

A number of residents contacted The Echo on Wednesday morning, to say they received scam text messages on their mobile phones (shown in pic).

The text indicates a crude attempt to impersonate reputable courier company UPS.

As with other scam messages, it asks for persons to click on a link for a ‘customs fee’ of €1.50.

Gardai are advising the public to never click on an unsolicited text or email, never give away personal data like PIN, card numbers or passwords, and to not respond to such emails or texts.

Instead, gardai advise the public to take a screenshot of the text/email, delete it, and report it to your local garda station.

For crime prevention advice related to fraud, visit https://www.garda.ie/en/crime/fraud/

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