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Fraud alert Gardai reveal how one woman fell for banking scam that saw €3,000 taken from her account

'She followed the link in the text message and input bank details on to what she believed was her bank's website'

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Gardai have revealed how a woman fell for a banking scam that saw €3,000 fraudulently taken from her account. 

The woman who in her 30s told gardai that the theft occurred after she received a text message which she believed was from her bank.

Divisional crime prevention officer Sergeant Ber Leetch said the text claimed that a number of attempts had been made to log into her account.

“She followed the link in the text message and input bank details on to what she believed was her bank's website," Sergeant Leetch said, according to the Limerick Leader.

She then received a phone call from a Dublin number a short time later and was tricked into believing that this was her bank.

"She provided information in relation to her credit and debit card,” Sergeant Leetch added.

“This entire conversation lasted over an hour but the lady genuinely thought that she was onto her bank and that her account was being protected.

“However, later the same day she checked her account and realised that €3,000 had been removed from it. She had been the victim of a scam," said Sgt Leetch.

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