AIB customers warned of strange new taxi scam targeting cardholders via email | #datingscams | #lovescams

AIB have issued a warning to their customers about a strange new scam doing the rounds asking people to put their credit or debit cards in a taxi.

It’s the latest attempt from criminals to try and swindle people out of their hard-earned money.

But this one seems to go to great extremes in an effort to steal your cash.

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In an email sent out to customers on Friday, the bank said: “This may sound like a strange idea, but it shows the lengths fraudsters will go to get their hands on your card.

“We’ve heard about cases where a fraudster, pretending to be from AIB, calls or texts you to tell you your card details are already in the wrong hands of criminals and we (AIB) have arranged for a taxi to collect your card from you.

“Here’s the scam: A genuine taxi arrives, collects the card, and innocently delivers it into the hands of a real criminal. They now have access to the money in your account.

“Here’s the truth: While we may call you if we see suspicious activity on your card, we will never ask you for your card back.

“We will never send a taxi to collect the card.

“We will never ask you to click on a link.

Here’s what to do: If you get a call about suspicious activity on your card and the call sounds strange in any way, just hang up. You can also freeze your card or cancel it online.”

If you have been a victim of a scam, report it to An Garda Siochana or the PSNI depending on where the crime occurred.

Meanwhile, the public is being reminded of the dangers of so-called romance scams after one woman was conned out of €142,000.

The woman met the criminal online on a popular dating app and had built a relationship with him over the past year.

After gaining her trust from being together for months, the fraudster convinced her that investing money in cryptocurrency was a good idea and would earn her a quick profit.

Read more: Public warned after woman scammed out of more than €140,000 in romance scam

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