Sick scammers using fake HSE Covid test results to target vulnerable people

20/09/2022 18:15:00

Be careful out there

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The HSE says it doesn’t charge for Covid-19 related services, this includes testing, and texts indicating otherwise should be ignored.

Be careful out there

Gardai have taken numerous reports of a scam message which claims to the recipient that they are the close contact of a person with Covid-19. It then directs them to a link to 'purchase' a mandatory testing kit.The HSE says it doesn’t charge for Covid-19 related services, this includes testing, and texts indicating otherwise should be ignored.

READ MORE: Irish community devastated after tragic death of 11-year-old boy 'who had the world at his feet'Gardai say that anyone who is concerned or suspicious of a message they receive, can contact HSELive on 1800 700 700 or your own local GP.

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Sick scammers are now using fake Covid test results to target vulnerable people with realistic-looking texts pretending to be from the HSE.A new phishing scam targeting people who may be waiting for Covid-19 tests results has been revealed today.“He could see the defendant’s penis in his hand making slow up and down motions,” a garda sergeant said.Ianos Carolea (36) had months earlier been arrested for exposing himself and carrying out the same offence in front of an undercover garda in a city centre shop toilet.

Gardai have taken numerous reports of a scam message which claims to the recipient that they are the close contact of a person with Covid-19. It then directs them to a link to 'purchase' a mandatory testing kit. The scam first sends a message that appears normal to create a legitimate looking text chain before sending the second message asking for a payment. The HSE says it doesn’t charge for Covid-19 related services, this includes testing, and texts indicating otherwise should be ignored.45pm as part of an undercover operation when Corolea came in and nodded at him to enter the cubicle beside his. READ MORE: Irish community devastated after tragic death of 11-year-old boy 'who had the world at his feet' Gardai say that anyone who is concerned or suspicious of a message they receive, can contact HSELive on 1800 700 700 or your own local GP.5 Covid variant as cases are on the rise In a screenshot of a text chain from the scam, posted to Twitter by broadcaster Eoghan Corry, the scammers appear to know the names and ages of their targets. HSE advice on scam messages: Meanwhile, parents are being warned of a common Whatsapp scam that is catching people out as fraudsters impersonate people’s kids and loved ones for financial gain. The court heard it was reported to gardai that the office cleaner - Carolea - had twice followed a victim into the bathroom at the contact tracing centre.

Scams occurring on the messaging app are becoming more and more common, as a UK expert emphasises the importance of being vigilant in a post-pandemic world.83) to cover delivery of "mandatory" test kit, once they have your details they are in.” The garda identified himself and Corolea was arrested. According to an analysis by Lloyds Bank, criminals have increasingly turned to WhatsApp as an approach to fleece their victims, and by their stats, twice the number of cases have been reported each month so far this year compared to 2021. READ NEXT: . The scammers may be hoping that the person they have targeted is waiting for a Covid-19 test or test results, and so may click on the link.