GARDAÍ have issued a warning about a scam targeting customers awaiting delivery of online shopping.
A customer who was expecting the delivery of multiple parcels contacted Gardaí after becoming suspicious. The person had purchased items from a number of online sites.
Their suspicion was raised when they received an email saying they had missed the deliver.
“My local DPD driver not only knows my address but has a path worn to it at this stage,” the customer said.
“I contacted DPD Ireland to be sure and they have confirmed that this is indeed a fraudulent email.”
Gardaí in Donegal have urged people to be vigilant when receiving texts or emails such as this.
“When receiving an email or text message from a business, keep an eye out for poorly written sentences, an impersonal greeting, or a vague email address,” Gardaí said.
“It’s also important to be very wary of any links in emails such as the one pictured as often when you click on the link you will be prompted to provide personal or financial details, they may request a small fee (some recent scam emails have requested €2.50) to resend the parcel to you and when you agree to this fee you will find that they will then clean out your bank account.
“The best advice is to contact the company directly for peace of mind if you wish to do so, do not click on the link or provide personal/financial details and just simply delete the email.
“There are numerous phishing emails doing the rounds at the minute (Bank of Ireland & AIB scams etc.) but the scam artists in this case are relying on the fact that more people are doing their shopping from home at present.
“Please do not fall victim to one of these scams. Alert any elderly or vulnerable people you know to these scams and ensure that they stay well informed. If you do fall victim to a scam then please contact Gardaí immediately. #Staysafe”Tags: