Online banking customers in Ireland have been warned of a "very sophisticated" scam doing the rounds this week, with "people all over the country getting caught".
The scam, which targets Bank of Ireland customers specifically, sees users receive a text from 365 online which says “Your BOI account has been suspended”.
The text includes a link which takes users to a copy of the secure BOI site where they are asked to share personal details like email addresses and phone numbers.
One victim told Cork's C103:
"I've just been stung by a very sophisticated Bank of Ireland scam. Bank of Ireland say people all over the country are getting caught.
"This is a sophisticated Bank of Ireland hack going on at the moment. You are sent a text from “365 online” that states “Your BOI account has been suspended” and provides a link to reverify your account. The link takes you to an identical, secure BOI website. DO NOT re-enter your info. It will ask you for ID details, which may include mobile or email.
"The BOI website is and IDENTICAL COPY of the real BOI site. Do NOT use it. It’s very convincing. BOI will never send you a link to follow on your phone. Please share this far and wide. BOI tell me a lot of people are being caught. CHECK YOUR ACCOUNTS!
Bank of Ireland have stated on their website:
"If you suspect you have received a fraudulent email, text or call or have been asked to provide your personal or banking information (username, pin, etc.) in an unusual manner, such as by pop-up or web page, report it immediately. Do not reply to or follow any of the instructions provided, regardless of how genuine they may appear."