A new warning has been issued over fake garda emails targetting people in Ireland.
The unsolicited emails relate to a rental scam, where the receiver is asked to pay a deposit on properties.
The emails claim to come from an “Inspector Andrew Cullen” of the Garda National Economic Crime Bureau. However, a warning from Gardaí states that this is a fraud.
A statement from An Garda Síochána said: “No such Garda member exists, these emails are not official and appear to be part of a rental scam to deceive people into handing over deposits on properties.
“If you have any concerns about unsolicited emails or other correspondence received from An Garda Síochána, please contact your local Garda Station to verify the authenticity of same.
“It is important to note that An Garda Síochána will never ask you for any personal or banking information through email or over the phone.”
More information on rental scams is available on https://www.garda.ie/en/Crime/Fraud/I-believe-I-am-the-victim-of-rental-fraud-What-do-I-do-.html