GARDAÍ are warning the
public about a scam tricking people into purchasing
iTunes gift cards. This scam has been highlighted
previously but has re-emerged in recent days with a
Gardaí recently received a report from a company who
had received a fraudulent email claiming to be from
a manager in a senior position. The email asked that
a staff member go and purchase iTunes gift cards,
which the employee did, and share the 16-digit code
on the back of the card. The scammers then used this
code to purchase goods online.
In this incident, the fraudulent email stated the
gift cards were being used "as a donation to the
local hospice” and made reference to Coivd-19.
Gardaí are advising people to be vigilant and
suspicious of any calls or emails from people
claiming to represent a company or organisation you
may be a customer of or work for. The person
contacting you may have some information about you,
so don’t trust them just because they use your name
or other personal information.
Always say "no” to unsolicited calls or emails
seeking private information about you. Private
information includes your name, address, date of
birth, family details, bank account numbers, pin and
Independently verify any requests for information
and never use the contact details supplied to you by
the person contacting you. If you receive a request
from someone within your business and you are
unsure, ring them directly to verify. Do not reply
directly to the email.