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New email scam written in Irish language

The PSNI has advised the public to be cautious when dealing with 'too good to be true' emails
Staff Reporter

A NEW email scam is asking people to part with their cash - as Gaeilge.

The latest fraud landing in people's inboxes is written entirely in Irish.

The email is from someone claiming to be a child of Laurent Gbagbo, the former president of Cote d'Ivoire, and asks recipients to help transfer money out of the country.

The Stormont Executive has advice on such scams on its nidirect website.

As part of the frauds, emails are received from people claiming to be ex-ministers or royalty from other nations asking if they can use your bank account to deposit a large sum of money in order to move it out of their country.

"They will normally offer to pay you a fee. They will ask for your bank details and may also ask you to send money to cover legal fees and other expenses. However, there is no money and you will lose any money that you have sent," the advice warns.

The PSNI has also advised the public to be cautious when dealing with 'too good to be true' letters, texts, calls, or emails offering loans, fee refunds, lottery wins, holidays or prizes.

"Scammers are inventive and can be very convincing, however each scam has just one purpose - to tempt you into dropping your guard," a spokesman said.

"Always be wary of any company or individual that asks for money upfront. It is highly unusual for any legitimate company or organisation to demand a fee in order to release a prize.

"If you have received a contact of this kind or are concerned by the intent of unsolicited calls, emails or letters then please report it to police on the non-emergency number 101."

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