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Irish Mirror
Marita Moloney

Irish mum-of-two and former bank worker issues warning after 'fraudsters steal €3,000' in AIB scam

An Irish mother who was previously employed at a bank has said she feels "stupid" after fraudsters reportedly swindled €3,000 from her account.

The mum-of-two from Co Galway says she fell victim to the latest AIB scam doing the rounds in Ireland.

In recent years, fraudsters have been catching people out with increasingly elaborate scams by pretending to be from legitimate financial institutions or delivery companies.

The woman, who wishes to remain anonymous, said the text message looked very realistic, as the Galway City Tribune reports.

“I’m the one always telling my mother not to open links, and now I got caught. I felt so stupid,” she told the paper.

The scam is the latest attempt by fraudsters to take people's personal information. (Smailox from Pixabay)

She says she received a message purporting to be from AIB which contained a link for her to regain access to her online account.

However, after she clicked it, it emerged that €2,997 had been taken from her account.

It comes as bank customers warned of a "very convincing" scam targeting people in recent weeks.

Some customers said they had received a message purporting to be from AIB that warned that their accounts had been compromised.

It contained a link that then brought recipients to an AIB alias page that mirror the real login page for online banking on the legitimate site.

Posting images of the scam on Twitter, one person said: "AIB customers: watch out for phishing texts spoofing the AIB number.

"Just got the below text on the AIB number which leads to a very convincing looking log-in page trying to get your bank details."

Dozens of people also reported receiving the same fake text from scammers.

One said: "Be careful about this AIB scam lads, warn your parents or whoever else needs to be warned as well, it even prompts for a 'delivery driver' to come collect your card showing the scammers are in Ireland.

"Looks very realistic and comes from the same AIB alias that’d send apple pay prompts etc."

In response, AIB sent an email to customers warning they will never send a text containing a link.

The bank also issued advice about what people should do to avoid having their money taken by scammers.

The bank said: "Criminals use text, email and phone calls to steal your money.

"We're removing false websites designed to look like AIB Online Banking.

"We use text messages to communicate with our customers. Criminals can make their fake text messages look like they come from us.

"We don't put links into our text messages. We don’t ask you in a text message to log into Online Banking. If a text asks you to do this, it comes from a criminal. By clicking these links you will be giving them your personal details.

"Never click a link in a text message - even if it appears to be part of a conversation with us."

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