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Garda update: Fraud alert
- Mon 23 February, 2015
We recently received the following message from the Community Policing team at Pearse Street Garda station.
The Garda Bureau of Fraud Investigation has recently detected a pattern of criminal activity that has the potential to cause serious financial losses to Public / Private Businesses. Up to 14 cases have been reported to date, with potential losses of over €5m, however €100k has been stolen. A number such bodies based around the country have received fraudulent instructions in the recent weeks via Email or letter which instructed them to record new account details for their various clients. There is no pattern in the fraudulent account details as they involve different financial institutions in both Ireland and the UK.
As a result of the various businesses having received these fraudulent instructions, these businesses transferred money to the various bank accounts in payment of due debts. However due to the vigilance of the various financial institutions, most of the money was either prevented from having been sent in the first instance or recovered.
The Garda Bureau of Fraud Investigation now request that all businesses conduct an immediate review of any instructions that they have received from customers involving a request for a change of account details. As a security precaution it should be confirmed by verbal contact with the relevant financial control person in each business that purportedly sent change of account instructions as to whether they were genuine instructions or not.
Where any business suspects that such an attempt was made or indeed where they have received such a request they should immediately contact their local Garda station and their bank.
The Garda Bureau of Fraud Investigation are liaising closely with the Banking and Payments Federation of Ireland. Please see the enclosed document for further details.