Social Welfare Department provides update on social scams and PUP payments

In the wake of the recent 083 phishing scam which is becoming incredibly popular, the Department of Social Protection is once again urging anyone who receives a fraudulent phone call or text to report it immediately to gardai.

In a statement, authorities again underlined the risks associated with this sophisticated scam and urged members of the public to remain vigilant.

The warning reads: “Customers and members of the public are reminded of fraudulent phone calls and text messages they may receive from people claiming to be a ministry official.

“These calls and text messages display a range of numbers, including some that may appear to be from Department phone numbers. The Department wishes to remind all of its clients that it will never seek personal information from customers by text message and will not will never ask a customer for their bank details over the phone. “

Anyone who receives such a call or text is asked not to divulge any information and to report it immediately to the Gardaí.

Elsewhere, more than € 102 million in pandemic unemployment payments (PUPs) were paid this week, while nearly 26,000 people closed their accounts after returning to work.

If someone returns to work soon, they are asked to close their claim on the first day they return to work by logging into

333,993 people received the PUP which represents a decrease of 29,174 people compared to last week.

The figures released today add to the 177,969 people registered in the Live Register at the end of April.

Elsewhere, 9,000 people will receive a PUP backlog totaling over € 3.7 million.

Speaking today, Social Protection Minister Heather Humphreys discussed the imminent release of the National Economic Stimulus Plan, which will include details of new incentives, aid and financial support.

She said: “Next week the government will release the National Economic Recovery Plan. This will set out in more detail the next steps in terms of the various state supports that have been put in place with businesses and workers since the start of the pandemic.

“Regarding the PUP, we have now spent over 7.7 billion euros to support over 860,000 people. However, we must be aware that some sectors are slower than others in terms of reopening. Therefore, there will be no sharp reduction in people’s income on July 1. “

Minister Humphries adds: “Since the first day of this pandemic, the government has not failed to support those who have lost their jobs. Finally, I would like to remind employers of the Employment Subsidy System (EWSS) which can help them cover their wage costs. This support can help employers rehire staff upon reopening.

“EWSS is based on employer turnover and therefore most employers who have been closed due to the pandemic will be eligible for this support. More information is available at ”

In terms of this week’s PUP, Dublin is the county with the highest number of people receiving the PUP this week at 111,566. This is followed by Cork (32,317) and Galway (18,290).

The sector with the highest number of people receiving PUP this week is accommodation and food services activities (93,687), followed by wholesale and retail trade (54,391) and administrative and support services activities. (30603).

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