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Fraud Stories

Financial fraud or scams are real and can affect anyone at any time. On this page we share some real stories from the victim’s perspective of financial frauds and scams that have actually happened to them.

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. Carmel

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Fake Website

Richard got caught out by a false provider of driving lessons. A well designed fake website turned out to be an online scam that cost Richard when he trying to prepare for his driving test. Before encountering the fake website, Richard wasn’t at all concerned about the possibility of being scammed on the internet –

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Online Card Fraud

Martina’s credit card was used on an auction website without her knowledge. Martina received a text message from her bank asking for her to make contact. She called only to find out her credit card had been fraudulently used. Martina received a text message from her bank asking her to contact them as soon as

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Email Fraud

Fraudsters compromised an organisations email account to gain access to client funds. Just before Christmas 2016, Shane and Jean were completing the sale of their first home. Between wedding gifts and savings they had saved a substantial deposit. Shane received an email from their solicitor asking him to transfer the balance of the deposit for

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Card Fraud

Scammers use a debit card abroad. Conor got a call from his bank asking if he had recently travelled and used his card abroad. His bank had noticed an unusual transaction on his account. Out of the blue, Conor got a phone call from his bank asking if he had been abroad recently as there

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