Gardaí warn public of text scam falsely claiming to be from banks

Gardaí are warning members of the public about a new text message scam falsely claiming to be from AIB.

ardaí has ​​also warned that a scam of this type could “refer to any financial institution”.

“SMS tells the person to call a number regarding a transaction. This number will bring them to an ‘AIB agent’, who will speak to a person about how to cancel the transaction. The scammer will then extort credit and personal details from the victim,” a Garda spokesman said.

Gardaí have issued the following advice to members of the public:

  • Do not reply to these text messages or call this number. If you must call your bank, make sure any number matches the one on the back of your bank card.
  • Never provide personal data such as bank account details, PIN numbers, credit card numbers, passwords, one-time codes, PPS numbers or Eircodes over the phone.
  • An Garda Síochána advises people who do not respond to such text messages to take screenshots of received text messages and delete them and report them to the relevant bank or company.
  • An Garda Síochána also calls on anyone who may have inadvertently or otherwise been involved in this scam, or any similar scam, and has subsequently fallen victim to this type of fraud to report it to their local garda station.

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