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Wednesday 13 December 2017

Gardaí warn employees about new email scam targeting Irish companies

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Denise Calnan

Denise Calnan

Gardaí have warned that an email scam is currently in operation targeting a number of Irish companies.

As part of the scam, fraudsters are conning companies into sending them deliveries of high-value items - and not paying for them. 

The scam group are sending a purchase order email to companies, in an attempt to get expensive items like medical or computer equipment sent to them.

Gardaí report companies to have sent high quantities of equipment to the scam artists, and then to have not received payment in return.

When they go to investigate the delivery, they are realising that the delivery address has no affiliation with the company and they are unable to retrieve the shipped products.

Gangs have been using self-storage facilities and domestic residences as part of the operation. They are also known to be requesting unusually large shipments.

Gardaí are now advising company staff to keep an eye on emails and purchase orders, as they may appear to come from legitimate companies.

They advise, "

  • The delivery address is not the purchasing companies address. Fraudulent addresses will typically be a domestic residence or a self-storage facility, often based in Dublin, or other locations nowhere near company ordering the goods.
  • Poorly written email with grammatical errors are always a sign of a suspicious email.
  • Unusually large quantities are requested.
  • Rush to ship priority/overnight
  • Use of a false or unknown contact from the university. If requests are received from an unknown company contact that raises your suspicion, please contact the company direct to verify the validity of the request. Do not contact the name/number used on the email/purchase order. "

Gardaí added that fraudulent emails may "contain seemingly legitimate contact information" so it is important to look for other signs.

They are asking people to confirm the email by contacting the company in question.

They have also asked anybody who notices a suspicious email to contact gardaí immediately and to forward the email to the legitimate company.

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