Scams in Ireland: Garda warns of little url trick that catches people


Gardai has issued a new warning to people about a sneaky scam doing the trick.

Phishing scams are becoming more common, with people being urged to exercise caution when doing their business online.

Online banking has become a massive target for fraudsters in recent months, with large companies such as AIB and Revolut issuing a number of warnings to customers about sophisticated scams.

Now Gardai is warning of a very sneaky yet straightforward hack that could easily catch anyone.

The small difference between the two links is the letter “a” in each link which is slightly different, a detail that many easily miss.

While posting a photo of two sets of tiny URL links to different websites, Gardai asked the “Find the difference” question.

A Garda spokesperson said: “Some online scams are extremely subtle at mirroring genuine sites in order to get people to click on links. Take a look at the examples

“The ‘a’ in the last URL is a Cyrillic alphabet.



Gardai urged people to be careful with the following scam

“The average Internet user can easily fall into the trap. Watch out for every email that requires you to click on a link.”

The warning comes as a new wave of online scams continue to circulate

Last week, AIB customers were alerted to a new SMS scam that is landing in phone inboxes across Ireland.

The message claims to be from the bank and states that it has “temporarily suspended access to your AIB account”.

People are then encouraged to click on a link where they are asked for more personal bank details.

Some customers have complained on social media that the text came from the official AIB message stream.

But the bank warned people not to fall for such tricks.



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A spokesperson said: “This is a fraudulent text message. AIB will never send text messages or emails that contain a link to click.

“Unfortunately our number was intercepted, so it appears that these texts are genuine on our part, but these messages will always contain a clickable link that we still advise our customers not to click.”


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