Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Con artists' web of tricks

Pricewatch got an e-mail in Irish from a major online payment company. It was draped in the company’s branding and it asked us to re-submit our bank details as there had been a security breach and it was concerned its database had been compromised. At least we think that is what it said but having always been pretty appalling at Irish, we were not 100 per cent sure. We were 100 per cent sure however that it was a scam, a localised one and the kind that is becoming increasingly common among criminals who are based in countries where Peig Sayers has never featured on the curriculum. They use translation software to make their attempts to part us from our cash more believable. And people do believe them.