SMS scam claims to be from Data Protection Commissioner


12 Jul 2011

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An SMS scam claiming to be from The Office of the Data Protection Commissioner is circulating, attempting to steal personal information.

The Office of the Data Protection Commissioner said an SMS message would be sent to a person’s phone, claiming he or she has been involved in a data breach.

It asks them to call a telephone number provided in the text, where the scammers ask them to leave their name, address and PPS number.

“This office never contacts members of the public by SMS about data security breaches. We do not require or collect PPS numbers,” read the statement.

The Office of the Data Protection Commissioner advises people not to phone the number and that they should report the incident to the office instead.

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