What is happening with the plague of scam phone calls?

Is your phone abuzz with scam calls? You are not alone, and it is getting worse

A scam  call may be coming from eastern Europe or the UK, but it will display on your phone with an O87 or an 083 prefix. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

A scam call may be coming from eastern Europe or the UK, but it will display on your phone with an O87 or an 083 prefix. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

In recent weeks Ireland’s mobile phone networks have been flooded with calls purportedly coming from Irish mobile or landline numbers carrying dire warnings about compromised PPS numbers and imminent arrests.

The messages vary slightly and change regularly. Sometimes the voices on the other end of the line claim to be from the Department of Social Protection or the Office of the Attorney General.

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