By Michelle Crean

Killarney Gardaí are advising the public to beware of a phone call scam which is currently doing the rounds.

Members of the public are being duped via a person purporting to be from telecommunications provider Eir.

The caller will suggest that there is an issue with the broadband connection and ask the caller to log onto their computer and allow the caller remote access to their computer so they can fix the issue.

The caller will ask for a 16 digit visa card number stating there will be a €2 delivery charge for a new broadband router that will resolve the issue. The victim’s account will then be accessed and any funds will be cleared out of the account.

“Gardaí want to reiterate the message that under no circumstances should bank details or card details be provided over the phone,” Nigel Hennessy, Detective Garda from Killarney Garda Station, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“Do not allow any caller to access your personal computer and members of the public are advised to end the call if in any doubt and contact the particular company back and seek clarification.”

 

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