Monday, 20 March 2017

Another Email scam hits Irish Inboxes


ESET Ireland continues its regular reporting on most common scams targeting Irish email addresses. In recent days: fake Facebook, Eir and Bank of Ireland emails.

Knowing about threats is the best way to avoid them. This is why ESET Ireland keeps warning Irish computer users of current email scams, targeting Irish mailboxes.

Bank of Ireland customers continue to be a popular target of the scammers. Last week we’ve seen two varieties. The first said:

“Your 365 Online personal banking details (e.g. User ID, PIN and/or other login details) was entered incorrectly more than 3 times.
For the protection of your account we have blocked access to it.
To restore access please Login to 365 Online correctly.”

And the second:

“An attempt to access 365 Online Banking was
denied. Please "Login" now.”



In both cases, the victims are asked by a fake phishing website, in both cases registered by the same address in the US, to enter their login details and other personal info, so the scammers can later use them to steal their identity and access their funds.

Another email came with the subject “Eircom is now Eir. Your action is required.” And claimed:

“Alert : My Eir information is no longer saved and you can't access your account !
Due to recent changes to our website, Eir users may be prompted for their account information.
Eir users should provide their account information to regain access to their account.
However, in the event that there are no security questions set on your account, you will need a complete a verification process.”

This one also takes the victims to a phishing website, registered to a P.O. box Panama, which aims to extract their My Eir accounts’ login and other details.

The last one, equipped with Facebook graphics, came from what appears to be a Dutch email address and was brief:

“Hi, Here's some activity you have missed on Facebook.
5 friend request “



The link, however, does not lead to Facebook, but to a website that calls itself Canadian, is registered in Russia, but geolocated to Latvia, that tries to sell you Viagra, Cialis and similar medicines.

Ireland being targeted from all these scams from all over the world, just testifies how even small countries are not immune to the global threat that cybercrime has become.

Anyone receiving these emails shouldn’t click on the links, but should instead mark them as spam and delete them immediately.