Irish language email scam targets householders

16 Nov 2010

An Irish language scam that fools people into believing they have won the lottery has been highlighted by the Gardaí.

According to the Irish Independent, Gardaí have warned householders to be aware of the fraudulent email that promises householders a cash prize in a lottery competition. In order to claim this prize, the email instructs the recipient to provide a contact address as well as his or her banking details.

Processing fees

Any householder that provides the information will then be requested to send on a cash amount, dubbed a “processing fee”, which results in further payment requests.

Gardai have said the emails resemble a Spanish language email that made similar requests on unsuspecting householders.

The emails are sent out despite the fact householders have not purchased tickets and it is not the National Lottery practice to notify winners via email.