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It's a Steal Gardaí warn of mobile bank scams after Limerick woman robbed of €2,000

The scammers asked the woman to verify her bank details over the phone, which gave them access to her bank account.

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Gardaí have issued a warning about scammers after a Limerick woman had a significant amount of money stolen from her bank account.

Fraudsters stole almost €2,000 from the woman in question, from Newcastle West, by contacting her and pretending to be her bank.

The scammers later asked the woman to verify her bank details over the phone, which gave them access to her bank account.

Gardaí in Limerick are now warning people not to click on any links received in a text or email that appears to be from your bank, the Limerick Leader reports.

Speaking about the incident, Divisional Crime Prevention Officer Sergeant Ber Leetch said: “The text appeared to be from her bank.

“She was busy, but she clicked on the link and entered her details when she was requested to do so.

“Two days later, she received a phone call from a person, allegedly from her bank, they referred to the previous text sent and asked her to verify her bank account details.

“The woman, who is aged in her 50s, did this and so gave control of her bank account over to these criminals. She subsequently discovered that almost €2,000 was taken from her account.”

Sgt Leech added that banks and other financial institutions will never ask for bank account details or a full Personal Access Number.

“Ring your bank yourself if you receive an email or text but do not click on it,” she said.

People are also urged to be vigilant when receiving correspondence from financial institutions.

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