The Bank of Ireland (BOI) is warning customers to watch out for phishing scam messages delivered by SMS.
The fraudulent SMS claims that your BIO account has been frozen and you must follow a link to validate your information.
The link opens a scam website that asks you to validate your account by providing login details and other sensitive personal and financial information.
Criminals can use the information you provide to hijack your BOI account, commit financial fraud, and steal your identity.
Bank of Ireland has published the following warning on Twitter:
We are aware of a phishing/fraudulent SMS which has been sent, Bank of Ireland
would never send an SMS asking you to disclose any of your personal
information. Please delete this SMS
— Bank of Ireland (@bankofireland) July 22, 2019
A transcript of the fake BOI text message:
Importance NoticeAfter considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.
These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.
Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.
And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.
When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.
I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.
A Big Thank YouI would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.
I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David's support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.
Closing DateHoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.
Thank you, one and all!