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FraudSMART raises awareness of financial scams and provides tips on how to protect yourself.

Developed by Banking & Payments Federation Ireland in collaboration with member banks.

Personal Fraud Business Fraud

Is your business FraudSMART?

Most businesses would like to think that they are protected against fraud but unfortunately SMEs continue to be a key target for scammers. Cybercriminals are always looking for new ways to steal information and money and they take advantage of busy work schedules to create an unnecessary sense of urgency in the hope that businesses won’t take the time to do the necessary checks.

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Anyone can be the target of financial fraud and scams, and at any time. Your best defence is to stay informed, alert, and secure.


Businesses have increasingly become the target of financial fraud or scams. Your best defence is to stay informed, alert and secure.


Our helpful resources include a range of downloads, videos, a list of useful links to other fraud information sites and a jargon buster.

Romance Scam

Sarah met her partner online through Facebook. Her partner was based in the Middle East and they decided together it was time to move the relationship to the next step. He was going to move to Ireland and they could be together properly. Sarah received a phone call from customs in Ireland to say his belongings had arrived but that the customs had been underpaid and would need to be paid immediately to release them for delivery. She paid almost €4000… Read more


Telephone Scam

A telephone scam causing near fraudulent transfer of life savings.
Carmel received a call from an individual purporting to be from her bank. She provided all of her banking details on the phone after a series of questions, nearly following the individual’s instructions to take out and transfer her savings to a ‘safe’ account… Read more


Invoice Re-direction

Ruth works for a large multinational company and is responsible for paying creditors as invoices arise. She received an email from one of the company’s creditors notifying her of new payment details. Ruth updated the account information on the online banking, but as no payment was due did not make any payment and went about her day. The following month an invoice was submitted requesting payment. The invoice was legitimately from her supplier. A week passed and the supplier rang to request payment… Read more


Be Informed

Stay in control, don’t be rushed and make a decision you or your business will regret.

Be Alert

Always double check random or unexpected emails, calls or texts requesting personal, business or financial information.

Be Secure

Never give your security details such as full banking password, codes/login details, or PIN to anyone.