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Communicating via mobile phone and laptop

A man (40s) was arrested today as part of an investigation in fraudulent claims of the Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP).

In June, gardai sent out a warning to the public about this phishing email, which was pretending to be from the Courts Service. It told individuals that they had been selected for jury service.

More than 70 people responded to a phishing email which used their information to receive over €165,000 in fake PUP claims.

It was through this data that someone was able to make fraudulent applications for PUP, and ultimately received €165,000.

A man was identified and arrested as a suspect today by gardaí supported by the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection, along with the Garda National Economic Crime Bureau and local Gardaí in Cork.

The man is currently being detained at Middleton Garda Station.

The investigation is ongoing.

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