Man and woman arrested in connection with “money mule” bank account scams


A number of victims have fallen prey to ‘smishing’ and ‘vishing’ attacks on bank account holders.

Two arrests have been made following an investigation into ‘smishing’ and ‘vishing’ attacks on bank account holders in Ireland.

‘Smishing’ refers to the fraudulent practice of sending text messages purporting to represent reputable companies in order to encourage those targeted to reveal sensitive information, such as bank account or credit card details.

Such scams have been frequently reported throughout the country in 2021.

In one such case related to the current Gardaí investigation, a victim lost €7,500.

The money was later laundered through the accounts of a 22-year-old woman.

On Monday (13 December), personnel attached to the Garda National Economic Crime Bureau (GNECB) conducted a search operation in Tallaght.

The woman whose accounts were used for money laundering was arrested and has been detained at Rathfarnam Garda…

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