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People warned not to fall for unemployment payment text scam

The text states that the recipient is due to receive a payment, and asks them to click on a link.

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THE DEPARTMENT OF Employment Affairs and Social Protection (DEASP) has warned people about a text scam involving the Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP).

The text states that the recipient is due to receive a payment, and asks them to click on a link.

The department issued a warning about the scam earlier this month but reissued it today, after being made aware of more cases.

In a statement, the DEASP said: “These texts are not from the department. Please do not click the link or reply to the text.”

The PUP is a payment of €350 per week. It is available to employees and the self-employed who lost their job on or after 13 March due to the pandemic.

About 585,000 people are currently in receipt of the payment.

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In recent weeks, Revenue and An Garda Síochána have issued warnings about other scams that are circulating.

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