July 5, 2023

Parents of children at a Donegal school have been alerted after an attempted online scam.

According to a post on the Glenties Community Development Group Facebook page, an email was sent out by the local St Columba’s Comprehensive about the matter during the week.

The issue relates to an internet scammer attempting to blackmail money from young people. 

“All parents and teenagers from the Comprehensive and beyond should take note of this warning and be extra vigilant of people they do not know on social media,” the post read. 

“Tracing and revealing the true identity of these individuals is exceptionally difficult, meaning that awareness and vigilance is particularly important.”

When contacted, Gardai declined to comment.

Read the full email sent by school management to parents, below:

“Dear Parents/Guardians

We have received a message from the Gardai about the following scam which is affecting some of our students.

The Gardaí want to make the school aware of a scammer who has an account on Instagram and Hangouts.

A lot of the students in the Comprehensive are following this person. 

She is posing as a Sandrinez_sanchez or something similar.

She has attempted to blackmail some students in the last week on Hangouts for large sums of money.

One person was asked for €2,000, but the student told their parents immediately; blocked her and reported her account.

It appears she rings on ‘Hangouts’ and does some dancing and other things and…

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