Garda warn public over false sex crime investigation email 11 months ago

Garda warn public over false sex crime investigation email

Anyone concerned about such emails is being urged to contact their local Garda station.

An Garda Síochána are warning the public of a current email scam/fraud which claims to be from the Gardaí themselves.


The email says that the computer the email has been sent to is being seized in relation to investigations into a number of sex crimes, including sex trafficking, child pornography, paedophilia, or cyber pornography.

An Garda Síochána is advising the public that it "does not and will not make contact with a person under investigation in this way."

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Here are a number of tips as part of An Garda Síochána's 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.
  • Independently verify any requests for information and never use the contact details supplied to you by the caller or texter. Independent means independent of the caller or texter.

Any person who has inadvertently or otherwise engaged with the scam, and subsequently has become a victim of this type of fraud is being asked to report it to their local Garda station.

Further fraud prevention advice can be found here.