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Gardai urges people to be wary of COVID-19 vaccination phone scam

DUBLIN: Gardai said there have been several reports of fraudsters contacting people by phone and offering them a date for their vaccination. Garda urges people to be careful of such COVID-19 phone scams.

Fraudsters will then try to collect personal information such as name, PPS number, date of birth, and address. They also send text messages asking people to verify the personal information they provide.

However, Gardai says HSE does not send text messages to people’s phones to confirm such details. Gardai also said they will not request payment for a COVID test or a vaccine.

Gardai says it is their GP who first informs people about vaccination. It’s not free of charge and it’s not privately available, they added.

Chief Superintendent Pat Lordan of the Garda National Economic Crime Bureau warned that there has been a rise in number of cases related with smishing, where people are being targeted by texts from fraudsters.

Pat Lordan also advised people not to provide personal information in response to an unsolicited text message and said that if anyone has been contacted by such swindlers and suspects they have been deceived, they should contact their local garda station immediately.  

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