Dead People’s Accounts Are Being Targeted In Online Scams


Gardai say criminals are using some dead people’s bank accounts as part of online scams. They’re warning about a rise in cyber crimes, which are becoming more sophisticated to try and catch people out.

There were 24 thousand suspicious transactions last year – twice the number there were 5 years ago. Gardai say many online scams are becoming harder to spot but that they’re putting extra resources into tackling cyber crime. Recent scams have been counterfeit Electric Picnic tickets and iTunes gift cards.

Detective Chief Superintendent Patrick Lordan described how businesses are being victimised, “they normally do it when your CEO or head of finance is away on holidays or away at a meeting, they’re constantly watching social media [for that] it’s their full time job”.

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