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Keep up to date with the latest fraud trends, scams and key advice on how best to protect yourself against them. You can also sign up to our fraud alerts.

Europol Cyber Scams Awareness

Banking and Payments Federation Ireland and An Garda Síochána in co-operation with the Department of Justice and Equality is supporting Europol and the European Banking Federation in the Pan-European #CyberScams Awareness Campaign from 17th to 23rd October 2018 as part of European Cyber Security Month.   The tactics used by cybercriminals to scam victims are

Win new iPhone with Spin 1038 & FraudSMART

Get FraudSMART and win a new iPhone with Spin 1038 Don’t believe everything you hear and see! If something seems too good to be true online, then it probably is. Scams, both online and offline are nothing new and like everything else in the world, scams get more sophisticated with time. Large amounts of fraudsters

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New Brochure for Consumers

FraudSMART has published a new fraud prevention guide for personal customers outlining the common types of financial fraud affecting consumers and providing advice on how to avoid them. A copy of the guide can be downloaded here While most frauds still use telephone and emails to commit the crime the ways in which they are

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Older People Prime Targets for Financial Fraud

FraudSMART Teams Up with Age Action for Awareness Campaign for Older People Increased Reports of ‘Vishing’ Phone Scams FraudSMART, a fraud awareness initiative established by Banking & Payments Federation Ireland (BPFI), has teamed up with Age Action to raise awareness of the types of fraud and scams that older people are being targeted with. In

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New Fraud Prevention Guide Launched for Businesses

FraudSMART has published a new fraud prevention guide for businesses outlining the common types of financial fraud affecting Irish businesses and providing advice on how to avoid them. A copy of the guide can be downloaded here While most businesses take steps to prevent fraud there has recently been a rise in financial fraud attacks

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Social Media Scam Alert

Reports have been received by FraudSMART of a recent scam targeting businesses where fraudsters are scanning social media and using messages posted by businesses to banks’ social media channels to identify potential victims of fraud. The fraudster calls the business after the posting claiming to be from the bank and offering to assist them with

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Safer Internet Day 2018

Safer Internet Day is being celebrated on the February 6th, 2018. Over 90,000 people across Ireland have signed up to do a Safer Internet Day event in their school, youth organisation or club. You can check out the website http://www.saferinternetday.ie to find out more information and also to download useful handbooks for teenagers and children

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Email Scam Alert

Be Fraud Aware! Reports have been made to FraudSMART that an email scam is currently at large. The scam comes in the form of an email pertaining to be your Bank asking for confirmation of your personal and financial details in order to comply with Anti Money Laundering Regulations. Be Alert! This is not a

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12 Tips for a Fraud Free Festive Season

FraudSMART is kicking off the festive season asking consumers and businesses alike to take note of FraudSMART’s 12 Top Tips to protect themselves against financial fraud this Christmas. The campaign jointly developed by the banking sector, led by the Banking and Payments Federation Ireland, is asking people to visit FraudSMART.ie, or follow FraudSMART on Facebook and

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Cyber Monday: Safe Online Shopping (SOS) – Advice to Consumers

On Tuesday 21st November, An Garda Síochána in association with the Banking & Payments Federation of Ireland and Retail Excellence are launching the S.O.S. (Safe Online Shopping) campaign. In advance of Cyber Monday, 27th November 2017, the public and retailers are reminded to shop and sell on line safely, making every effort to protect their

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Cyber Monday: Safe Online Shopping (SOS) – Advice to Retailers

On Tuesday 21st November, An Garda Síochána in association with the Banking & Payments Federation of Ireland and Retail Excellence are launching the S.O.S. (Safe Online Shopping) campaign. In advance of Cyber Monday, 27th November 2017, the public and retailers are reminded to shop and sell on line safely, making every effort to protect their

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Fraud Alert – Cold Calling Scam

Fraud Alert: There are reports of consumers receiving cold calls from fraudsters claiming to be ‘their Bank looking into suspicious transactions’. Be Alert! Key Details: Fraudulent calls have been targeting customers trying to persuade them that their Credit / Debit Card has been compromised. These scams will usually request confirmation of identity details and potentially

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Fraud Alert – Smishing

As a result of recent smishing activity targeting Irish consumers, FraudSMART is issuing this important reminder to be wary of unsolicited text messages claiming to be your bank. The fraud is in the form of a text message, asking customers to confirm financial or personal information. This text may ask the receiver to click on

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New FraudSMART campaign helps protect against financial fraud

FraudSMART, a new fraud prevention and protection initiative, is arming Irish consumers and businesses with information, top tips and advice on how they can best protect themselves against financial fraud and the latest scams as part of Financial Fraud Awareness Week.  The campaign jointly developed by the banking sector, led by the Banking and Payments

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National Fraud Awareness Week launches in Ireland

Ireland’s first ever Fraud Awareness Week runs from October 9-15 58% of people in Ireland believe they are more vulnerable to fraud now, than two years ago New go-to website FraudSMART.ie launches in Ireland as part of campaign Press Release, Monday, 9 October 2017: A new campaign, FraudSMART, launched today as part of Ireland’s inaugural

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Fraud Alert – Overpayment Scam

A number of businesses have recently been targeted by fraudsters posing as new customers. They order goods or services for which they make an overpayment and then seek a refund. The original order payment, usually a cheque or draft, later turns out to be bogus leaving the business with a loss.   Key Details –

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Fraud Alert – Vishing (Telephone) Scam

There are increasing reports of consumers being cold-called by fraudsters claiming to be from a major computer company or financial institution.  A number of individuals have been duped, have disclosed their information and have suffered financial loss. Key Details – how does the scam work The consumer is contacted, and the caller claims to be:

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Fraud Alert – CEO Fraud

Irish businesses have been targeted by fraudsters using bogus emails that claim to be from a senior member of staff within the organisation requesting an urgent payment or electronic transfer be made outside of normal procedures or trading patterns. Key Details – how does the scam work? A member of staff in the finance or

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Fraud Alert – Vishing Scam

There are increasing reports of bank customers being cold-called by fraudsters claiming to be from a well-known retail outlet and being told that a third party is currently in the outlet attempting to fraudulently use their card. A number of customers have been duped and substantial sums have been transacted. Key Details  – how does

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Fraud Alert – Trojans/Malware

Due to increased activity from new Trojans/ Malware (malicious software) variants primarily attacking business banking customers across Europe, business banking customers are being alerted to implement safeguards in order to protect themselves. Key Points – how does the scam work? For business/corporate banking: Malware is delivered via an email attachment or a link to an

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Fraud Alert – Social Engineering

A number of banking customers in Ireland have fallen prey to frauds that involve various forms of social engineering – where the information required is garnered from a person rather than breaking into a system. Key Details  – how does the scam work? Phone Fraud Scam Some businesses and individuals have fallen victim to a

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Fraud Alert – Invoice Re-direction Fraud

A number of businesses in Ireland have fallen victim to a scam involving bogus emails being received that claim to be from an existing creditor. The email generally contains a letter as an attachment, the letter claims to notify the receiver of new or amended bank account details to which all future payments are to

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Fraud Alert – Bogus Lodgements

Businesses and consumers are been advised to be wary of a ‘bogus lodgement’ scam which has recently effected a number Irish bank customers. The scam involves bogus lodgements being credited to bank accounts, disguised as electronic payments from overseas. Key Details – how does the scam work?  Some common characteristics to help spot  bogus lodgements

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