Gardaí issue public warning about new 'vishing' scam
Gardai in Galway have issued a warning to the public reminding them not to disclose their bank details on the phone, as conmen duped several people into handing over money in a new 'vishing' scam.
Vishing take place when a scammer uses a landline or mobile phone to trick the victim into divulging his personal information. The term vishing differs from ‘phishing’ which is the email version of this act of fraud and "SMShing” which is the text message version.
The Connaught Tribune reports that a number of people have been scammed out of money recently after giving their bank account number to a person claiming to be from a computer repair company.
An elderly couple in Tuam were conned out of almost €2,000, while another woman in the same locality was also duped into handing over money as she believed she was talking to the bank on the phone and provided her account details.
People are being asked to contact Gardaí if they receive a suspicious call.
A Garda spokesman told Independent.ie that a financial institution will never ask for bank account details on the phone or via email.
Gardaí said they have received a significant increase in reports of this nature from all over the country and victims continue to lose substantial sums of money since this type of fraud was first highlighted by the Gardai and Financial Institutions in July 2015.
The GardaÍ have received complaints vishing incidents where victims have lost sums in excess of €38,000.
In August an injured party transferred over €22,000 on the instructions of a person purporting to be a named Garda Superintendent.