Sherlock calls on all phone operators to work to ban scam calls

Seán Sherlock TD
16 January 2019

Labour Communications Spokesperson Seán Sherlock TD has called on phone operators to actively take steps to block fraudulent calls to members of the public following Three’s announcement that premium rate calls can now be blocked.

Deputy Sherlock said:

“Two years ago I called on the Minister for Justice and the Minister for Communications to take steps to protect vulnerable members of the public from these scam phone calls which can range from attempting to gain access to a personal computer to perpetrating bank transactions. Usually the victims are vulnerable people who are frightened by the sophistication of the calls and he hours in which they occur – usually late at night or early in the morning.”

“ComReg and the Government must take a more proactive role in protecting the public as best they can from these nefarious fraudsters. I would encourage anyone who believes a family member or neighbour to be vulnerable to such activity to talk with them on the importance of safety on the phone if you don’t know the person. Genuine representatives will always call back.”

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