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Bank of Ireland is making customers aware of the recent rise in the number of text message scams


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Bank of Ireland is warning people about a recent increase in text message scams, with fraudsters pretending to be road toll operators. The malicious links provided in these messages are used to collect personal data and bank account details.

To ensure a safe Easter bank holiday weekend, Bank of Ireland is urging people to not respond to or click on the links in the fraudulent texts. It is also important to remember that legitimate toll companies, banks, Government agencies, and delivery services will never ask for payment via text messaging.

Nicola Sadlier, Head of Fraud at Bank of Ireland, noted that “smishing attacks” often come in waves – with the current wave involving bogus motorway operators. When the link is clicked, people may unknowingly provide their confidential card and bank account details.

Sadlier warned, “As more people will be hitting the roads this Easter weekend, they might be more inclined to click on such a text message thinking it is legitimate. So, it is important to always be cautious and never trust – always verify.”

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