SUMS of up to €10,000 have been scammed from Corkonians duped by phone callers claiming to be from State agencies including gardaí and the Department of Social Protection.

That is according to gardaí in Cork who are urging people not to engage with callers claiming to be from State agencies.

In recent weeks, there have been several reports of such calls made to gardaí, with some people admitting that they were duped out of thousands of euro during such calls.

A garda spokesperson said that there have been a number of cases where immigrants have lost money through the scam, because of language barriers.

In one case reported to gardaí in recent weeks, a Filipino living in Cork lost almost €9,000 after answering a call claiming to be from gardaí, telling her that her DNA and documents connected to her had been discovered in a car at a crime scene in Dublin.

In another, a woman lost €900 after being duped into believing she had received a call from…

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