I received this e-mail during the week. It was reported last weekend in the Sunday Business Post (link expired since their website update) that these phishing attempts have increased by 150% in the last year.
I don’t have an AIB account, so it’s immediately obvious to me that this is a scam, but for others it might not be so obvious.
I’ve highlighted the dead give-away though – see what happens when you hover over the link that they’re directing you to – It’s not an AIB web address.
While you should probably never click on a link to go to any website where you need to log in with your username and password, this shows what you should be watching out for.
According to this article, not being careful about watching out for such things could cost you a significant amount of money:
Some customers were having as much as €30,000 taken from their online accounts from fraudsters who gain their access codes by stealth.
In 2007, 25 phishing attacks were successful with total losses in the region of €400,000, Ms Dillon said.
Last year, there were 63 cases with total loses to the banks of €220,000.
The only problem now is that it seems that anyone who’s caught and charged with carrying out these scams is getting away with it – according to this report anyway:
A MAN involved in a “phishing” scam on a Kilkenny bank customer has escaped jail after Judge Desmond Hogan gave him a suspended sentence at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.