The public will have to be vigilant about potential scams using healthcare data for a number of months, according to security experts. The criminal gang which hacked the HSE servers may release or sell on the data as they have threatened, but the impact is unlikely to be seen for some time.
So assume a a major criminal SCAM operation is underway targeting Ireland using our stolen HSE data - Do not engage with and block calls from "Department of Social Protection" on these numbers - 0353 833638806 / 083 347 7311 / 083 368 2832 / 083 3624972, etc; etc;
There will be an inquiry by the Data Protection Commissioner as to whether the HSE has failed in its Duty of Care to us and its legal duties under DPA 2018 to keep our medical information and data secure so expect further SCAMS. Please speak to older relatives and put them on their guard as research says they are more susceptible as they are respectful of apparent authority figures and fearful of "rule breaking." The Department of Social Protection has issued a public warning for claimants to be careful with their personal information.
"We are aware of fraudulent phone calls and text messages, claiming to be from the department, seeking personal information, for example PPS Number / bank account details. DSP staff never ask for such details by phone or text.
_If you receive such a call or text, please do not engage with the caller and do not share any part of your PPS Number, bank account details or any other personal information with them. If you have provided any such information to a caller that you believe to be a scam call or scam text, please contact the Gardaí immediately. Please view advice from Gardaí here."
Please be alert to scam calls & texts claiming to be from the Department and seeking your personal info
If you receive such a call or text, please do not engage with them and don't share any of your personal information.
Anyone receiving calls suggesting a refund or extra payment is due on healthcare should not give out personal details. Instead ask which healthcare provider the person is claiming to call from, and then hang up before calling that place to check.
DON'T dial back using the number the scammer called on, but instead independently find the number. While older people might be seen to be more vulnerable to this younger people are more used to sharing health data online and should be equally alert.
Remember that scammers who buy this data may harvest details from public social media accounts to add to the information they use on the call or text.
Stay Alert, Don't be a victim of fraud!
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