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Warnings issued over hoax phone calls

Garda� and Eircom are advising people to be on the alert for hoax phonecalls. Photo: Michelle Ghee. www.gphotos.ie

Garda� and Eircom are advising people to be on the alert for hoax phonecalls. Photo: Michelle Ghee. www.gphotos.ie

 

Residents in County Longford have been warned to be on the alert after it was revealed hoax phone-callers are targeting landlines in the region.

The calls are believed to originate from Asia, and the callers, who are claiming to be from Eircom, tell the receivers they can improve their broadband speed if they can gain access to their computers. It is understood the purpose of gaining access to the person’s device is to obtain financial details, which the caller can use to withdraw funds from bank accounts and credit cards.

Previously, a similar wave of calls was targeted at numbers in the county, claiming to be from Microsoft.

“We advise people to be wary of unexpected phone calls and to be conscious of security,” a garda spokesperson said. “If you have any concern, contact the company directly or call the gardaí.

In a statement, Eircom added that, “Eircom does not cold-call customers or employ third parties to carry out phone calls of this nature. We encourage customers who receive suspicious phone calls to report them to their local garda station or to contact us on our 1901 number. We advise customers not to engage with the caller, decline the caller’s request to access your laptop or PC and hang up.”

 

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