Gardai warn of ‘Phishing’ scams

Gardai are warning people to be aware of so-called ‘phishing’ scams which are being reported again.

Senior Gardai across the region are warning people not to give out personal details over the phone regardless of whether that person sounds genuine or not.


Gardai say that fraudsters attempting to get personal information with the aim of stealing money from people’s accounts are very active at the moment.

The Superintendent at Carrick-on-Shannon Garda Station Kevin English has today made a particular appeal for people to watch out for people calling on the phone pretending to be from Revenue or a bank.

They are claiming that you are due a tax rebate and attempt to get personal details.

He is warning people to never give out these details over the phone as a bank or Revenue would never request it in this way.

This process of obtaining people’s information in this manner is called ‘Phishing’.

Crime Prevention Officer in Donegal Sergeant Paul Wallace has explained what ‘phishing’ is and the type of incidents he’s warning people to watch out for over Christmas: