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Gardaí warn of rental scam doing the rounds to trick people out of money

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Gardaí have issued a warning about unsolicited emails which appear to be part of a rental scam to deceive people into handing over deposits on properties.

“It has come to the attention of the Gardaí that persons are receiving unsolicited emails from an individual claiming to be an Inspector Andrew Cullen of the Garda National Economic Crime Bureau.

“No such Garda member exists.

“These emails are not official and appear to be part of a rental scam to deceive people into handing over deposits on properties,” the Garda Press Office released in a statement.

The Garda Press Office also said that being asked for money or personal information via email or through the phone by someone claiming to be a Garda is something to watch out for.

“If you have any concerns about unsolicited emails or other correspondence received from An Garda Síochána, please contact your local Garda Station to verify the authenticity of same.

“It is important to note that An Garda Síochána will never ask you for any personal or banking information through email or over the phone.

Full advice in relation to rental scams can be found here.

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