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15 Aug 2022

Gardaí issue scam alert for hoax calls from this specific phone number

Gardaí issue scam alert for hoax calls from this specific phone number

Gardaí in Laois issued a scam alert for hoax calls this week for a particular phone number warning everyone to be aware of the hoax caller phone number. 

In the latest scam, the caller tells the person that they are the subject of a Deportation Order from the authorities in their country of origin and that they face deportation that day.

The hoax call phone number is 01 6669100 according to gardaí. 

They are told that INIS is acting on behalf of their own Government to recoup an administration payment which will prevent their immediate deportation.

This payment is to be made to an account in their country of origin. The caller I.D. number that displays is a real INIS number and the caller directs people to the website address and indeed the number will appear, on the face of it, to be legitimate.

Gardaí said this is 'attempted fraud'. 

"INIS does not and will not contact applicants by telephone in relation to any such payments to accounts abroad. INIS does not under any circumstances request payment for its services over the telephone. Furthermore, any persons facing deportation from the State will have been involved in a detailed process and would be notified in writing by registered post in advance of any planned deportation.

"Customers are asked to be vigilant. Do not give details of your immigration application or status to telephone callers unless you are sure who they are.

"If someone demands payment of any monies, contact INIS or your local Garda Station immediately."

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