The Irish public have been warned scammers are now trying to obtain their PPS numbers, to add to the long list of scams in recent times.
There have been no shortage of scammer trying to fraudulently trying to obtain people’s person information and/or cash in recent days.
The Gardai recently warned dating app users of romance scammers praying on vulnerable people looking for love.
The Immigrant Council of Ireland issued a warning about the latest scam which appears to be targeting international protection applicants.
‘Some international protection applicants have reported getting calls from the International Protection Office asking for their PPS numbers,’ a tweet from the Immigrant Council read.
‘The IPO has confirmed they are NOT making such calls and would never ask for a person’s PPS # over the phone,’ the tweet added.
Previously, fraudsters have been latching onto dating apps as a means to prey on people looking for love while social gatherings are curtailed.
An Irish woman lost €48,000 over the course of thirteen months to a fraudster who had wooed her online.
The woman had delayed contacting the Gardai over the scam as she was married at the time.
Another man lost over €21,000 (over five separate transactions) to a woman from the United States of America.
In 2020, almost 200 cases of romance fraud were reported to the Gardai with the average amount of money lost in excess of €20,000.
Gardai say that the scams affect both men and women and usually leave vulnerable people with ‘a feeling of hurt and mistrust in addition to their financial loss’.