Advice to social welfare customers on disclosing bank details

The Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection has become aware that some members of the public have received text messages on their mobile phones from an unknown number telling them that they are entitled to the Covid-19 payment and to click on a link provided which is socialwelfareireland.

When the person clicks on the link, they are then asked to provide their bank account details. 

The department wishes to advise customers and the public that this text message is a scam and the link has nothing to do with the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection. Please do not click on the link or reply to the text.

Anyone who thinks they provided personal information in response to these fraudulent text messages should contact their bank immediately.