We've highlighted phishing scams before, but there seems to be no let up in the number of attempts made on a weekly basis. Once again, consumers are being urged to keep their eyes peeled for another scam mail.
This time, the people behind the phishing attempt are posing as Bank of Ireland. Many people, including non-Bank of Ireland customers - have received the following mail in the last number of days.
If you have received this email, do not click on any of the links or engage with any element of it. Just delete it.
These systems are becoming more sophisticated but there's a few simple things you can do to ensure you and your data stay safe.
- Look for urgency: If the email states urgent action is required to verify your details or process a refund, do not act. Chances are it’s a phishing expedition.
- Company info: Many of these phishing attempts involve criminals posing as a well known company or bank. Always check the sender’s email address. Look at any logos within the email and hover your mouse over any link within the email (don’t click on it); this may show a falsified website. If it doesn’t look legit, bin it.
- Spelling: Watch out for appalling typos or sentences that just don’t make sense. We often scan emails rather than reading them fully so if you are suspicious, take a moment or two to read the entire email. If you spot something that dodgey, bin it.
- Verify: If you are still unsure about the legitimacy of an email, call the provider and explain your situation. This may take a few minutes out of your day, but it’s better than losing money to a phishing scam.