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Bank web scam hits thousands; EXCLUSIVE.

Byline: By STEPHEN MAGUIRE

THOUSANDS of AIB customers were at the centre of an attempted fraud scam last night.

The ruse involved a gang sending personal e-mails to bank customers asking them to update their account codes.

The gang even designed a replica website similar to Ireland's biggest banking organisation in a bid to lure customers into revealing personal details.

In the emails, the fraudsters claim the reason for the contact is to increase security because of recent attempts to break into accounts.

It reads: "This security method is intended to help you protect yourself and your accounts from internet fraud."

The gang then gave a website link which, when opened, is even accompanied by an AIB logo.

Once on this website people are asked to verify their personal details including accounts codes, etc leaving them wide open to having their accounts cleaned out.

But last night a spokesman for AIB said the e-mail certainly did NOT come from them.

He added they were aware of the scam and urged customers to use common sense and not reply to the e-mails.

He said: "We want to assure people AIB rarely if ever contact their customers by e-mail and certainly will not ask them for their personal details.

"Most people are aware of such scams but it only takes a couple of unsuspecting customers to give their details to make it worthwhile for these fraudsters."
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Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Apr 6, 2008
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