Scam: Limerick gardai warn public to treat bank details ‘like your tooth brush’

Gardai  in Limerick are warning about a new Revenue scam that has been ‘going around for the past few weeks’

Gardai in Limerick are warning about a new Revenue scam that has been ‘going around for the past few weeks’

GARDAI in Limerick are warning about a new Revenue scam that has been ‘going around for the past few weeks’.

A spokesperson said the particular scam involves a phone call from a person who claims to be from Revenue telling you that you have a tax fine which “must be paid immediately”.

“Obviously the scam here is that you would be asked to pay the fine into a bank account which is not Revenue’s and the scammer makes off with your cash,” said crime prevention officer Sgt Ber Leetch.

“I believe from doing talks around the county that most people understand that this is a scam and they hang up and that’s exactly what they should do. However, now there is another layer of scamming added so, if you don’t answer your phone the caller leaves a voicemail again telling you that you owe Revenue money and to call back.

“When you do call back they tell you that actually Revenue made a mistake and that you are owed money and to please provide your bank details so that you may receive this tax back. 

“This is a scam, never ever give your bank details to anybody, it’s that simple, do not tell, email or text anybody your bank details and do not write them down in order to post them to anybody.

“Keep your bank details to yourself, you should in fact treat them like your tooth brush – don’t share them with anybody and change your password every three months!” added Sgt Leetch.