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# fraudsters

Last year
2022
# fraudsters
'Hi Mum' WhatsApp scam crops up in Ireland as new figures reveal a surge in fraud arrests
Over 400 people have been arrested for fraud offences so far this year.
Just 22 people were arrested for fraud offences in 2012.
Over 400 have been detained this year alone.
Scammers are becoming "increasingly sophisticated", experts warned.
# Scam
Bank of Ireland sees 40% increase in fraudulent text and call cases compared with last month
Consumers are being warned about a combined fake text and phone call fraud tactic.
# Scam
Central Bank warns that fraudulent firms are impersonating it in a bid to defraud customers
The fraudulent entities are operating as retail credit firms and using the bank’s logo and name.
# account takeover
More than €22 million stolen by fraudsters in bank account takeovers in 2021
€1 million was stolen through phishing, smishing and vishing scams in 2021.
All time
# fraudsters
Four in five people were targeted by banking fraud last year in Ireland
In the last year, fraud losses on credit and debit cards amounted to 22 million.
# fraudsters
Pair arrested in Belfast over recent scams targeting vulnerable people during pandemic
The PSNI said it will relentlessly pursue those looking to defraud others during the Covid-19 crisis.
# Phishing
Gardaí warn public to be alert to 'fraudsters exploiting the spread of Covid-19'
The three types of fraud being highlighted at present involve internet phishing, fraudulent selling, and social engineering scams.
# Roscommon
Man who repeatedly sold two forests to different investors sentenced to six years in jail
Garret Hevey used the pseudonym James Baker when he incorporated Arden Forestry Management Limited.
# Precautionary
Bank of Ireland restricts contactless and online payments on some debit cards due to fraud fears
Customers who are affected can’t use their card for contactless payments or online until a new card is issued.
# Caught Out
Fraudsters who conned UK phone networks out of over €2 million jailed
The group dishonestly used the personal details of hundreds of students as part of the con.
# Stop and think
Companies urged to be on the alert over 'fake purchasing order' scam
Fraudsters are ordering items from suppliers under legitimate company names.
# bogus callers
Fraudsters pretending to be high-end store staff scam Irish people out of thousands
One victim was convinced to transfer €38,000 out of their bank account.
# Too Good to be True
That theoretical two-bedroom flat in the heart of Dublin for €750 a month is probably a scam
While property sites work hard to root out scammers, people should still be extremely vigilant.
# fraudsters
Seven people sentenced in £1.5m mortgage fraud case
A business man, members of his family and his solicitor were all involved in the scam.
# fraudsters
FLAC says new welfare strategy should target department errors - not just fraud
The organisation’s director general said Burton’s anti-fraud programme makes a concerning link between overpayments and fraud and creates potential for people making repayments to fall into destitution.