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Irish second most likely to be the victims of fraudulent phonecalls

A new Eurobarometer survey reveals that more than 1 in 4 Irish people (28%) have received a call from an unknown number and been charged for it after answering the call or calling back over the last year, the 2nd highest share in the EU after Greece and over double the EU average of 13%.

A similar share (29%) of Irish people surveyed had received an unsolicited SMS or other type of message and been charged for it after opening the message or responding to it. Again this was well over double the EU average of 12% and second highest in the EU after Greece (40%).

The European Commission in Ireland has highlighted the results of the new poll on E-communications in the EU gauging Europeans’ use of and satisfaction with electronic communication services, including with Internet, fixed and mobile telephone access, service bundles, roaming, emergency and international communication within the EU and more.

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