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# Fraud

Last month
November 2023
Man arrested as part of romance fraud investigation that has identified 15 potential victims
The investigation has so far identified 15 potential victims, who have been collectively defrauded of over €275,000.
Gardai say children as young as 14 are being recruited as ‘money mules'
Gardai say they are mostly recruited through social media apps like Instagram and Snapchat but some are convinced to act as money mules by peers.
Gardaí warn public to be extra vigilant of fraud when considering investments
There has been a 77% increase in reports of investment fraud this year.
October 2023
Central Bank warns of scam targeting consumers seeking cash loans from online providers
The scam offers consumers a cash loan in exchange for an upfront fee or an administration fee to apply for a loan.
Insurance industry signs up to agreement aimed at tackling fraud
A Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) was signed today by representatives of Insurance Ireland, An Gardá Síochána and the Alliance for Insurance Reform.
Debunked: Fake RTÉ posts about Anne Doyle are a hoax to promote a cryptocurrency scheme
Similar hoaxes promoting cryptocurrency have featured other Irish celebrities.
Permanent TSB launches app feature that detects fraud messages and scam websites
The in-app security feature will block customers from clicking on a suspicious website on their mobile phone device.
Donald Trump's former finance chief set to testify in civil fraud trial
Allen Weisselberg, 76, was expected to testify about his role in preparing Trump’s annual financial statements.
Judge issues gagging order on Donald Trump after social media comments about court clerk
Trump also commented on the clerk yesterday, saying she ‘should not be allowed to be in his ear on every single question’ and ‘hates Trump’.
Police issue warning after Chinese student in Northern Ireland scammed out of £200,000
The PSNI said it received two similar reports last year of scammers who had targeted Chinese students studying in Belfast.
Donald Trump condemns ‘disgraceful’ fraud New York trial amid misstated wealth allegations
The former president is accused of deceiving banks, insurers and others for years in financial statements.
This year
Millions transferred through money mule accounts in first half of year
The figure is an increase of 50% on the same period in 2022.
Woman (20s) extradited from NI to Republic of Ireland to stand trial for fraud offences
She was extradited today by officers from the PSNI’s international policing unit.
Range Rover, passports and mobile phones seized as part of international fraud search in Tallaght
In addition to a ‘high value’ Range Rover, which is suspected by gardaí to have been purchased with the proceeds of crime, a number of other items were seized.
Bank of Ireland warning customers of increase in 'Hi mum/dad' scam texts
These messages ultimately lead the customer to website links that are not genuine.
Gardaí warn Taylor Swift fans to be aware of unregulated vendors selling Eras tour tickets
Tickets for the American singer’s Dublin shows are going on sale on 20 July.
Aviva says 'suspicious' personal injury claims are being withdrawn on the steps of court
New internal analysis by Aviva said fraudulent claims are a “huge cost to insurers, motorists, and society”.
Man, 60s, arrested in Mayo in investment fraud investigation
More than 65 complaints have been made to gardaí from people who have been deceived.
Irish actor Eoin O'Brien coerced in scam by ‘con queen of Hollywood’
The actor and writer has created a film based on his experience.
Gardaí seeing 'tragic cases' of people investing life savings into crypto scams
Gardaí say Irish criminals are moving into the area of online fraud to make money.
RTÉ's Sarah McInerney issues warning over text scams after falling victim to one herself
The radio presenter that she was doing multiple things at once, which distracted her.
Fraudsters 'find it easier' to trick victims into sending money than stealing their identities
The BPFI said fraudsters find it is easier to manipulate victims by getting transferred money directly rather than stealing their identity.
Public warned over fraudsters seeking bank details through eFlow text message scam
Bank of Ireland said consumers are reporting a consistently high volume of these text messages.
Man arrested as PSNI probe fraud claims involving person posing as priest
The arrest follows an investigation by the PSNI in Northern Ireland.
US congressman George Santos pleads not guilty to fraud and theft charges
The 34-year-old was released from custody on a $500,000 (€455,000) bond.
Five arrested for impersonating Gardaí in attempt to rob cash from houses
Gardaí said members of a criminal gang were calling to people’s homes claiming to be officers investigating burglaries in the area.
Fourteen counties hit by thieves targeting hardware stores and co-ops since December
Gardaí have issued an appeal tonight so “a full investigation can be conducted”.
Woman appears in UK court accused of lying about living in Grenfell Tower
Salma Said allegedly received almost £400,000 for lying about being a resident of the tower block on the night of the fire that killed 72 people.
Arrest made in fraud investigation involving GAA star
A man has been arrested “in relation to an ongoing investigation into an alleged fraud”.
Public warned not to click on scam link claiming to be for 'electricity benefits'
The link is circulating after details of a new cost of living package emerged yesterday evening.
Almost €2 million was stolen from people last year through romance fraud, gardaí say
Gardaí are asking members of the public to be vigilant of romance fraud.
Gardaí probe allegations GAA star involved in €1 million medical fraud
They are accused of asking for money to help pay for an illness.
People being warned over Credit Union text and call scam
Fraudster are sending a text message and/or making a phone call claiming to be from a credit union.
Last year
Garda tips to avoid getting your e-wallet emptied this Christmas
The rise banking apps has resulted in an increase of fraud and theft offences.
Court rules that French celebrity Dany Boon entitled to €4.87m damages from fraud case
Boon won damages from a French national claiming to be ‘an Irish lord from an ancient family’.
Wirecard fraud trial opens in Germany, with ex-CEO and two former executives on the dock
Absent from the courtroom will be Wirecard’s former COO Jan Marsalek, who evaded arrest in 2020.
Fraudsters stole nearly €45 million through frauds and scams in the second half of 2021
A report by
Hayley Halpin
That’s according to a new report published today by FraudSMART.
That's according to a new report published today by FraudSMART.
The report outlines how debit and credit card fraud (including ATM) hit €14.5 million.
People are being warned to be extra vigilant as Black Friday and Christmas approach.
US scammers may have taken over $45 billion in pandemic aid, says watchdog
Average text scam costs victims €1,700 as new campaign warns of bank switch con
Elizabeth Holmes gets more than 11 years in prison for Theranos scam
Holmes was chief executive throughout the company’s turbulent 15-year history.
Spain prosecutors drop corruption and fraud charges against Neymar
It is the culmination of a years-long legal saga over the Brazilian’s high-profile transfer to Europe.
Neymar tells fraud trial he signed documents his father told him to
The Brazilian superstar has taken the stand in Spain over alleged irregularities in his transfer to Barcelona.