Gardaí and Bank of Ireland issue warning over bank card scam

Gardaí and Bank of Ireland issue warning over bank card scam

Gardaí and Bank of Ireland have urged the public to be vigilant against a 'smishing' scam whereby persons are being contacted by a text message, which appears to have come from their bank, leading them to believe their bank card has been compromised. Photo credit: Lauren Hurley/PA Wire

The fraudulent text states that the customer’s card has been skimmed and subsequently deactivated by the bank. The person is then asked to follow a link to a false Bank of Ireland website in order to follow steps to obtain a new bank card.

These steps, detailed in the images below, request that the customer cut their bank card in a specific way and send it by post to the specified address. 

They also lead the customer to submit their card number, PIN and phone number to the fraudulent website.

Gardaí say they have received a number of reports in relation to this scam. 

The Garda National Economic Crime Bureau (GNECB) yesterday conducted searches at addresses in Dublin in relation to this matter.

"A number of bank cards were recovered during the course of these searches, and returned to their owners. 

"A male youth was arrested and is currently detained in Tallaght Garda Station under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984," Gardaí stated. 

GNECB are advising the public as follows:

• Never click a link in an unsolicited text 

• Never give away personal data like your PIN, card numbers and passwords 

• A financial institution would never request a customer to return a card to the bank in such circumstances 

An Garda Síochána are also urging all persons not to respond to such text messages, but instead to take a screenshot of the message, delete it and report to your local Garda station.

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