Westmeath County Council have posted a message on their social media earlier today issuing a warning to tenants about a bogus text message currently circulating.
The message reads:
The council have become aware that a bogus text message was sent to a member of the public purporting to be from the council and claiming that they are in rent arrears.
Their advice is that if you receive a similar message, report it to gardaí.
People are advised not to click any links in such a message; and not to give any personal information such as bank account or PPS numbers.
What you should do if if you receive a similar message is contact the council to confirm whether the contents of the text are genuine.