Garda warning as latest text scam is reported in Limerick

David Hurley


David Hurley


Warning as bogus 'customs' text scam arrives in Limerick

GARDAI are warning they have received reports of a new text-based scam occurring in Limerick.

Those targeted by the fraudsters have received multiple texts from what looks like a well known delivery company.

"The texts began by informing them that their parcel is being held at a depot until the customs duty of €1.99 is paid. Then
another text with a tracking code arrives, then another text informing them that delivery is pending but the customs duty of €1.99 must be paid," said divisional crime prevention officer Sergeant Ber Leetch.

Gardai are warning that a 'link' is also provided which purports to allow the 'customer' to submit their payment details.

"I saw these texts and they are very real looking, I can see why a person would believe them to be real," said Sgt Leetch who revealed that one Limerick-based garda who received texts knew it was a scam as they were not expecting a parcel.

Anyone who receives such texts is urged not submit any banks or credit card details and to report the matter to their local garda station.