No, Bank of Ireland Isn’t Running a Routine Security Check on Your Account

ESET Ireland is regularly monitoring email scams targeting Irish mailboxes. In the past few days, we have seen an increased frequency of the following message:

Subject:      Security Measures * 806600
Date: 17 Feb 2015 10:57:57 +0200
From: Bank.of.Ireland [365]

Dear Account Owner,

365 Bank.of.Ireland apologizes for the inconvenience but you have been chosen randomly by our security system for routine checks of your account.

To continue to use your account for online payments and other methods of purchase, please follow the steps:

http://www1.bank.of.ireland365.online.com

However, the link which appears to be a “Bank of Ireland” one, actually redirects to wzgorzetoskanii.pl, which is a Polish web address, and from there to another with an Australian domain name, which displays a forged Bank of Ireland website that requests the user to “sign in” with their actual online banking details, therefore handing them over to the cybercriminals for further abuse.

bank of ireland

ESET Ireland warns Irish users to ignore the email and ring their bank if they’re unsure about any such emails or text messages received.

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