Gardaí in the Castlerea district (which includes Boyle) are warning the public to be aware of a current E-mail based scam/ fraud where an individual receives correspondence claiming to be from An Garda Síochána.
This correspondence states that the individuals computer is to be seized in relation to investigations into Child pornography – Paedophilia – Cyber pornography – Sex trafficking or some similar ‘judicial’ claim.
Gardaí are advising the public that An Garda Síochána does not and will not make contact with a person under investigation in this way.
They would like to remind the public of the following fraud prevention advice:
• Don’t respond to any unsolicited email seeking 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. Independently means independent of the email sender.
• Independently verify any requests for information and never use the contact details supplied to you by the caller or texter. Independent means independent of the caller or texter.
Further fraud prevention advice can be found here https://www.garda.ie/en/crime/fraud/
An Garda Siochana would urge anybody who has received similar correspondence and has any concern about it to contact their local Garda station for advice. Castlerea Garda Station can be contacted 24/7 on 094 9621630.
An Garda Síochána also appeals to any person who may have inadvertently or otherwise engaged with this scam, or any similar scam, and subsequently been a victim of this type of fraud to report it to their local Garda Station.