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Scam texts pretend to be from... the Data Protection Commissioner

Office of DPC warns that phone messages purporting to be from them and asking for name, address and PPSN number are false.
Jul 11th 2011, 7:21 PM 530 6

THE OFFICE of the Data Protection Commissioner was set up to protect the public from having their personal data compromised. Now it has found itself drawn into a would-be scam scheme.

The Office of the DPC has posted a “scam warning” on its website, warning the public that text messages are being circulated to people’s mobiles purporting to be from the DPC. The messages claim that a “data security breach” has occurred and that members of the public must call a telephone number and leave their name, address and Personal Public Service Number on an answering machine.

The warning on the DPC website read:

We advise anyone receiving such messages not to call the number provided. Instead they can report the incident to this Office at 057 868 4800.

The Office of the DPC’s phoneline is open during office hours, from 9.15am-5.30pm.

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