GARDAÍ are warning the
public to be wary of courier payment scams. With online
shopping and parcel deliveries increasing due to the
COVID-19 pandemic, Gardaí have become aware of a scam
where emails and texts are being circulated under the
branding of various courier companies.
In these emails or texts it is requested that the
recipient has to pay an additional cost for customs
clearance prior to delivery of their parcel. These scams
take advantage of the confusion around Brexit and uses
this uncertainty to defraud people.
An Garda Síochána is
advising the following:
• Those who receive unsolicited correspondence and are
awaiting a package should first independently verify the
status of their package with the relevant postal service
• Never click on links in an unsolicited text or email
never provide payment details or give away personal data
like your PIN, card numbers or passwords.
• Do not respond to such messages and delete straight
• Never open attachments in unsolicited emails and make sure your computer has up-to-date
anti-virus software installed.