Sunday, April 24, 2016

Fraudsters turn to phishing as Gaeilge

Innovative foreign scammers are trying to cash in on the ‘Deontas’ bonanza in the Connemara Gaeltacht – by phishing ‘as Gaeilge’! Phishing is the fraudulent practice of sending emails purporting to be from reputable companies or people in order to induce the recipients to reveal personal information such as credit card details or passwords. It also includes emails from ‘friends’ in distress in foreign countries, looking for help, or from people, who out of the blue, email to say you’ve won the lottery in an exotic place, all in an effort to get your bank account details.