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Courier payment scams 20.01.21

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.
For more online shopping tips visit www.europol.europa.eu/eCommerce .
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 or courier.

• Never click on links in an unsolicited text or email and 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 away.

• Never open attachments in unsolicited emails and make sure your computer has up-to-date anti-virus software installed.
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