FraudSMART aims to raise consumer and business awareness of the latest financial fraud activity and trends and provide simple and impartial advice on how best you can protect yourself and your resources.
Unfortunately, SMEs continue to be a key target of scams, so we have partnered with the Small Firms Association and criminologist John Deane-O’Keeffe to provide alerts and tips to protect your business. Cybercriminals take advantage of busy work schedules to create an unnecessary urgency in the hope that businesses won’t take the time to do the necessary checks.
Everyone can be a target of fraud regardless of age but FraudSMART members have identified particular scams aimed at older people. We have teamed up with Age-Friendly Ireland - the national initiative that supports cities and counties to be more inclusive of older people – and former Minister for Justice Nora Owen, to rollout information to communities across Ireland and support older people to be FraudSMART and protect their pensions.
A money mule is someone recruited by fraudsters to transfer stolen money between accounts. Young people and students are often targeted by criminals. We are teaming up with the Union of Students of Ireland, to alert students to the risks and how to avoid getting involved in fraud. As well as the prospect of a prison sentence and a criminal record, those who are caught will have their bank account closed, will have difficulty getting loans or even a phone contract and entry into countries such as Australia or the United States will be denied.