The Financial Crime Unit of the RCIPS is urging residents to be on their guard against various types of scams following a number of reports made to the department.
The most recent scams involve people receiving text messages or emails informing them that they have won substantial amounts of money in a competition.
‘If you receive an unsolicited email or text informing you that you have won money in a competition you have never heard of and certainly never entered you should consider this a scam,’ said Detective Constable Adrian Neblett. ‘You should not enter into communication with the sender as they will undoubtedly try and trick you out of personal information or your hard earned cash.’
Other types of scams include an inheritance scam, which involves people receiving emails claiming that someone has died, there is an inheritance to collect and that the recipient might be eligible for the money.
Another email asks the recipient to act as a go-between for money transfers. The email asks the recipient to open an account to receive money and asks that it is forwarded to a third party.
‘All these types of emails should be ignored,’ stressed Mr. Neblett. ‘The best thing to do is delete it and not give it another thought.’