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Gardai warn over latest ‘clever but costly’ phone scam targeting Irish public after woman caught out



Gardaí have issued a warning urging people to be aware of a “clever but costly” scam doing the rounds again.

Members of the force in Kilkenny are advising what to look out for, as the scam begins when potential victims “miss a call from a +44 number (UK) and ring back the number”.

Gardai state that the curiosity to ring back is natural, but could prove “expensive”.

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The purpose of the scam call is so the recipient will return the missed call, which leads to the scam victim being connected to a billing service that runs up a bill.

“When you ring back you are automatically connected to a billing service and the connection cost 25 euro per call,” gardai stated.

A woman in Kilkenny has already fallen victim to the scam, with gardai stating: “One lady from Kilkenny found this out who rang the number twice. Fifty euros down. Please be vigilant.”

An Garda Síochána attached to Waterford, Kilkenny, and Carlow issued a further warning on social media on Sunday.

Gardaí adds that local people who have friends and family based in the UK may be particularly susceptible to ringing back.

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