A Garda has warned the public as a new Whatsapp scam aiming to steal your money is doing the rounds.
The scammers are now targeting people in Irish, and sending messages to people as Gaeilge.
While this is a funny twist, it can be easy to be hoodwinked by these scams.
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Garda Michael Walsh took to social media to warn people about the scam, after being sent a message himself.
The messages are part of a romance scam, where scammers send messages to targets to try to build up a personal relationship with them, before then fleecing them for cash.
Garda Walsh shared the message he received on LinkedIn, writing: “Romance scam that I received this morning on WhatsApp and in the Irish language.
“Scammers will exploit all opportunities to #scam people.”
In the message, the scammers sent a photo of a young woman and tried to flirt as Gaeilge.
Translated, the message read: “We haven’t been in touch for a long time, I don’t know if you still remember me, so I sent you a photo now.
“I miss you, how have you been? I have changed to a new Whatsapp account. I hope you can add my new Whatsapp account so we can keep better contact there.”
The Gardaí are urging people to beware of romance scams, writing on their website: “Romance fraudsters may try to get their victims to send them money using the following excuses:
“• to cover the cost of travelling to see the victim;
• for emergency medical expenses for the scammer or a family member — typically a child;
• a business opportunity which would allow them to live together comfortably.”
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