Gardai urges ‘Bailiff Service’ scam emails – four tips to avoid being caught by scammers
GARDAI has issued an urgent warning to the public about an email-based scam where the sender claims to be a bailiff.
The scammers state that there is an outstanding debt payment to be made to a bailiff and ask the person to deposit an amount of money using the bank details provided.
They warn that otherwise the bailiff will go to the person’s home address to inventory their valuables.
The email includes the amount of money due, the date the bailiff will visit the recipient’s home, and claims that a “search warrant” has been obtained.
It is also claimed that a locksmith will be “called” if the person is not present on the day when the search appears to be taking place.
And it is claimed the bailiff will “call the police” for assistance if individuals object to a search and inventory.
Police blasted the scam in a social media post, urging anyone who receives the email to contact their local Garda station for advice.
They reminded the public of fraud prevention advice.
- Don’t respond to unsolicited emails asking for personal, financial, or security advice.
- Never click on a link or attachment in an unsolicited email.
- If you believe the email is from a genuine source, verify this independently. Independent means independent of the email sender.
- Independently verify all requests for information and never use the contact details provided to you by the caller or texter. Independent means independent of the caller or texter.
For more fraud prevention advice, visit the Garda website.
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A spokesperson added: “A Garda Síochána also calls on anyone who, accidentally or otherwise, has engaged in this scam or any similar scam and has subsequently been a victim of this type of scam to report it to their local Garda station.”
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