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Gardai issue warning over iTunes gift card scam claiming to be Covid-19 charity fundraiser

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Gardai have issued a warning over an iTunes gift card scam claiming to be a Covid-19 fundraiser for charity.

The hoax was reported to gardai after a company received a fraudulent email asking a staff member to purchase iTunes gift cards.

The email then asked for the 16-digit code on the back of their card, which can then be used for online purchases.

The email said the gift cards were being used "as a donation to the local hospice” and made reference to coivd-19.

A Garda spokesperson said: "Gardaí would like to warn the public about a scam tricking them into purchasing iTunes gift cards. This scam has been highlighted previously but has re-emerged in recent days with a slight twist.

"Gardaí recently received a report from a company who had received a fraudulent email claiming to be a member of staff in a senior position.

"They asked that a staff member to go and purchase iTunes gift cards, which they did, and share the 16-digit code on the back of the card. The scammers will then use this code to purchase goods online."

They added: "Gardaí are advising people to be vigilant and suspicious of any calls, voicemails, emails etc. from people claiming to represent a company or organisation you may be a customer of or work for. The person contacting you may have some information about you, so don’t trust them just because they use your name or other personal information.

"Always say "NO” to unsolicited calls or emails seeking private information about you. Private information includes your name, address, date of birth, family details, bank account numbers, PIN, Passwords.

"Independently verify any requests for information and never use the contact details supplied to you by the person contacting you. If you receive a request from someone within your business and you are unsure, ring them directly to verify. Do not reply directly to the email."

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