Fota Wildlife Park warn public of online phishing scam

Fota Wildlife Park warn public of online phishing scam

Fota Wildlife Park has taken action to alert customers to an online scam. Pic Darragh Kane

Taking to social media today Fota Wildlife Park advised people to not respond to messages from this profile.

"We are aware of a profile claiming to be Fota Wildlife Park commenting on people's posts. Please do not give details to these people. 

"We do not ask for bank details from prize winners."

The Wildlife Park was running a competition in conjunction with another Cork business when the fake profile came to their attention. 

A spokesperson for the Park stressed that they have taken action to alert customers to this scam.

"It came to our attention today that some Facebook users who had entered a competition post we were running in partnership with the Kinsale Hotel and Spa were being contacted by a profile claiming to be Fota Wildlife Park which appears to be a phishing profile. 

"We published a pinned post with details about this activity to warn any of our Facebook users and we have reported this to Facebook and encouraged the users to do so also. 

"We have been in contact with some of the competition entrants directly about this and advised them not to respond to this erroneous profile.

"We have deleted the original competition post as we felt this was the most responsible course of action," they stated.

The spokesperson continued to add:

"We take this opportunity to thank Kinsale Hotel and Spa for honouring the prize package for the winner, even though the competition post had to be deleted prematurely as we felt this was in the best interests of our Facebook users.

"We would like to emphasise that Fota Wildlife Park's Facebook page will not ask you to submit personal banking details."

"We would be happy to assist you if you would like to contact us on info@fotawildlife.ie /021 4812678.

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