Bank card text scam warning
Gardaí wish to alert
the public to a ‘smishing’ scam whereby persons are
being contacted by a text message, from individuals
purporting to be from Allied Irish Bank (AIB),
telling them their bank card has been compromised.
The text message is asking them to log onto a
website in order to receive a new card. As part of
the process they are requested to insert their pin
number and other personal data. Once this is
completed they are requested to send the compromised
card to an address in Dublin.
Gardai warn public of bank card scam.
A text message asks people to log onto a website in
order to receive a new card.
The Garda National
Economic Crime Bureau (GNECB) are working very
closely with AIB and other financial institutions,
to identify those behind this fraud and those who
receive or use the stolen data / cards.
Superintendent Michael Cryan speaking earlier today,
reiterated the importance of never giving out
personal or sensitive details to unverified sources:
"I would encourage members of the public never to
give out personal or sensitive information online
unless you are sure of the source. Financial
institutions will never contact you in this way and
a bank will never request you to return your card in
this manner. I would encourage anyone who receives
these text messages to take a screenshot of the
text, delete the text and to report it to their bank
and local Garda station".
GNECB are advising the public to:
• Never click a link in an unsolicited text
• Never give away personal data like your PIN, card
number or password