BREAKING: Clueless internet scammers attempt to hustle Garda at Kilkenny station
By COLIN BARTLEY
INTERNET scammers got a bit of a shock when they discovered the person they were trying to scam was in fact a garda on duty in a Kilkenny Garda station.
The online hustler was cold calling and thought they had hit upon an unsuspecting member of the public. Instead, they dialed Thomastown Garda Station directly.
The suspicions of the garda piqued when the number identifier was 000644246 xxx, although the caller claimed to be ringing from Irish phone, tv and broadband provider, Eir.
In a statement released by gardai, they said: “The caller stated that he was ringing on behalf of ‘eir’ and that a problem had been encountered in the recent past with an internet router in the locality.
“The caller wished to fix this issue but of course needed for the customer to log onto the ‘Google’ browser and open up a signal strength website and consent to handing over remote access to the caller in order to remedy the issue.
“The caller, was a short time later informed, that he had contacted a Garda Station and strangely enough the call was disconnected!”
“This is a scam, the gardai said. “Do not engage. Eir have been notified and are aware (of the scam).”
Eir has issued a warning to the public in the event they receive a ‘Phishing’ call from a person pretending to be one of their agents.
“Eir will never require access to your computer or your credit/debit card details in relation to a fault/repair.”