Be careful of a new scam that is doing the rounds.
Gardai have issued an urgent warning to Bank of Ireland and Allied Irish Bank (AIB) customers over a number of new smishing scams doing the rounds.
Fraudsters are texting members of the public, pretending to be from AIB and Bank of Ireland, and telling them their bank card has been compromised.
The messages request the individual to click a link to review or block a fraudulent transaction on their account in an attempt by scammers to obtain sensitive information or data.
Gardaí are reminding people that your bank will never message you in this way.
People are further advised to never click a link in an unsolicited text and to never give away personal data like PINs, card numbers and passwords.
A garda spokesperson said: “Be Alert to ongoing scams. Gardaí continue to advise people in relation to ongoing text message scams:
“Never click a link in an unsolicited text.
“Never give away personal data like your PIN, card numbers and passwords.
“You’re Bank will never text and ask you to click on a link.”
“If in doubt, ring your financial institution on a recognised number. If you have been a victim of such scam, report it to An Garda Síochána.”
AIB has also warned customers to be on the lookout for such smihsing scams and urged anyone who has received such a call or text message to contact the bank immediately.
A message shared on the AIB website read: “Fraudsters are targeting customers like you by sending text messages claiming to be AIB and/or other legitimate companies.
“These messages request you to click a link to review or block a fraudulent transaction on your account, or advise that you are locked out of your account. These text messages are fraudulent.
“NEVER disclose your Registration Number or Personal Access Code (PAC) or card information after clicking a link on a text.
“NEVER generate codes from your AIB Card Reader when they are requested by a text message.
“NEVER divulge your One Time Passcode (OTP) for Card transactions.
“NEVER post your card to an address which is provided to you in a text message.
“If you have received such a call or text message and have disclosed any information, please contact us immediately.