Gardai issue email scam warning

Gardaí are advising the public to be vigilant about a current email based scam where an individual receives correspondence claiming to be from An Garda Síochána.

This correspondence states that the individuals computer is to be seized in relation to investigations into child pornography - Paedophilia - cyber pornography - sex trafficking or some similar ‘judicial’ claim.

A Garda spokesperson said: "Gardaí are advising the public that An Garda Síochána does not and will not make contact with a person under investigation in this way.

"We would like to remind the public of the following fraud prevention advice:

• Don’t respond to any unsolicited email seeking personal, financial or security advice. • Never click on a link or attachment in an unsolicited email. • If you believe the email is from a genuine source, verify this independently. Independently means independent of the email sender. Further fraud prevention advice can be found here

“We would urge anybody who has received similar correspondence and has any concern about it to contact their local Garda station for advice.”