‘Do not share your info by phone’: Department ‘aware’ of scam calls

The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine has issued a warning to farmers not to share bank details or other personal information by phone or by text message, upon learning of a scam.

In a statement on the matter, the authority said: “The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine has become aware of a number of phone calls to farmers from a person purporting to represent the department, seeking bank details.

“They state that they need these details to allegedly offer refunds or seek due payments.

This department never seeks bank details or any other personal information by phone or by text message. If you receive a telephone call purporting to be from this department and seeking this type of information, please do not share your information.

“None of our staff will mind you taking their name and ringing back on one of the official numbers listed on our website – do not use the number such a caller gives you.”

The authority noted that farmers can also report such phone calls to its quality service unit.

For those already affected by the scam, the department’s statement said:

Anyone who mistakenly provides personal information in response to these types of fraudulent phone calls should contact their bank or credit card company immediately and alert the Gardaí.

“It is important to point out that these types of scams do not involve this department’s systems or security, they are designed to get your bank details.”