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Beware of social media scams 25.02.20

THE Garda National Economic Crime Bureau (GNECB) wish to warn people in Inishowen to be aware of social media enabled fraud. As in all scams, the goal of the fraudster is to deceive victims into parting with their money or to reveal access details to their bank accounts or credit cards.

The most recent scam is targeting customers of a banking institution via advertisements on Facebook:
• The advertisement refers to internet banking and invites the customer to take a tour of the system for a small reward (€15 or €30).
• The customer clicks on the link, to a 'fake' login page.
• The customer enters their login details – these details are now in the hands of the fraudster.
• The fraudster takes control of the account, and sets up a new ‘beneficiary’ on the account, to whom money can be transferred.
• The customers will receive an automated text or SMS from the bank, with a code to authorise the addition of the ‘beneficiary’ to the account.
• The customer will then enter the code into the ‘fake’ account which is captured by the fraudsters, or intercepted via malware on a computer, laptop or mobile phone.
The customer's bank account can then be emptied within minutes.
Beware of social media scams on Facebook. If in doubt, don't do it.
The warning signs include:
• Social media advertisements offering ‘rewards’ to people, who must take some action that will reveal their bank account details or credit card numbers and access codes to same.
• To get the ‘reward’, the customer must click on a link in the advertisements that will bring them to their bank login page.
• The customer is then required to login to their bank account in order to get the ‘reward’, thus revealing their log in details and password or pin number or other code.

Detective Chief Superintendent Lordan of the GNECB warns the public to 'stop and think'. He would also like to remind the public to never share banking details, pin numbers or passwords with unknown persons online. If it sounds like it is too good to be true, it is probably not true. If in doubt, don't do it.
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