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# Scams

Last year
# Fraud
Garda warning about accommodation fraud as victims lose up to €5,000 to scammers
Gardaí have said 50% of victims are aged under 25 and students are often the main targets for criminals.
# Your Say
Poll: Have you received more scam calls and texts recently?
ComReg has established a taskforce to tackle the increase in scam calls and texts being sent to members of the public.
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# dark web
HSE hack: Sensitive data from 520 patients leaked online
The HSE became the victim of a major ransomware attack a fortnight ago
# Scams
Covid fraudsters: Here are the most common scams and how to avoid them
Be careful with your cash.
# cryptocurrency
Warning over 'get rich quick' scams involving cryptocurrencies
People are being conned out of up to €50k.
# Vaccines
Gardaí warn about Covid-19 vaccine call and text scams
People are falsely told they are being offered a vaccine, and then asked to provide personal information.
# stay alert
Departments warn of scams asking people for bank details
One person claiming to represent the Department of Agriculture has been phoning farmers asking for bank details.
# 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.
# safe online shopping
Christmas shopping on the move? Gardaí warn to only shop online when on personal WiFi
In the first six months of this year there has been €16.6 million gross card fraud.
# Student Accommodation
'The rise of absolute cowboys': Scammers are targeting students desperate for somewhere to live
With the first round of CAO results out today, students across the country will be scrambling to find a place to live.
Here's what students need to know when looking for accommodation
Threshold’s Michael McCarthy Flynn talks about ways to protect yourself in the rental market.
# be vigilant
Travelling abroad? Warning issued as one woman loses €5,000 in Canary Islands credit card scam
The European Consumer Centre issued the warning for Irish people today.
# London
Woman who swindled €96,000 from elderly man had "fraudster's handbook" with bizarre 9/11 sob story
Patricia Wutaan had a notebook full of scam scripts, including “I am a celebrity fashionista” and “My sewing machine is faulty.”
# Keep On Trollin
This dad trolled a Craiglist scammer in the most perfect way
Well played, Nicholas Cage.
# vishing
Three people transferred over €50,000 after getting phone calls from "gardaí"
People have lost a lot of money.
# believe in better
That 'we owe you money' letter from Sky? It's NOT a scam
This is a public service broadcast.
# bogus callers
Older people driven to banks by criminals to 'take out large sums of money'
Burglaries are still the most common crimes against older people.
# Week in Web
Weird Wide Web: Life on Mars, World Cup withdrawal and sexting extortion
All of your essential tech and social media news for the week in one byte-sized portion.
# Scams
Consumer agency urges vigilance against scams
The National Consumer Agency has said it received 835 scam-related queries in the last 12 months, most related to ‘PC phishing’
# Scams
Irish Stock Exchange warns investors about 'too good to be true' scams
The ISE has seen an increase in attempted ‘boiler room scams’ in the past few weeks.
# Review 2011
Top 10 stories you tweeted in 2011
Gay mice, a footballer leaving Twitter and an April Fools’ joke – some of the stories you most wanted to share with your Twitter followers.
# data fail
Scam texts pretend to be from... the Data Protection Commissioner
Office of DPC warns that phone messages purporting to be from them and asking for name, address and PPSN number are false.
# Scams
New research reveals more Irish people losing money through scams
National Consumer Agency warns people to be aware of possible scams and if in doubt, to ask questions.
# Fake Text
Japanese radiation text warning hoax spreads panic
Philippine authorities have called for investigation into fake text purporting to be from the BBC, as anonymous hoaxer adds names of survivors to list of confirmed dead.