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Laois TD issues ‘scam call’ warning after receiving phone call from fraudulent number

Laois TD Sean Fleming has issued a warning after he received a phone call from a scammer.

The Fianna Fail TD answered a call from 085-3874489 and was told it was from the Department of Social Protection.

The caller told him that his PPSN had been compromised and began asking him personal questions.

Mr Fleming ended the call and is now warning others.

He said: “People should not accept calls from this number 085-3874489 and to block the caller on their personal mobiles.

“Earlier today I received a call from this number and was advised the call was from the Department of Social Protection and that my PPSN had been comprised.

“I recognised this as a scam call requesting personal information and ended the call immediately and have since blocked the number.

“We are seeing an increase in these type of calls and I would ask people to be vigilant.

“Should you receive a call from an unknown number and are unsure if the caller is genuine, do not engage in conversation or follow links or instructions.

“Hang up immediately and if you are concerned that you may have been a victim of a scam call contact your local Garda Station.”

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.