Warning to BoI customers after ATM scam

Bank of Ireland customers in Wicklow are being warned to remain vigilant after a number of skimming scams in Kilkenny and Carlow resulted in thousands of euro being stolen from accounts.

The ATM scam was reported on Sunday evening when account holders in Graiguenamanagh, Co Kilkenny and Borris, Co Carlow contacted their local branches.

Bank of Ireland branches in Roscommon and Mayo were also reportedly hit in the past couple of months by the same scam.

Some BoI customers reported having more than €2,000 taken from their accounts, while others had several hundred taken out over the course of several days.

Sums of €146.13 were taken from accounts and showed up as $200 withdrawals from ATMs in the US.

Gardai believe a small camera was placed at the side of the ATM and an electronic device put over the card slot.

Data can then be downloaded and sold to scammers in countries such as the US where chip and PIN is not widely used.

In a statement the bank said: “Bank of Ireland wishes to reassure customers that it is our policy to fully refund any losses sustained as a result of this criminal activity.

“The bank is proactively contacting customers to confirm the fraud and issue replacement cards and will continue to closely monitor the situation, which is also under investigation by the gardaí.

“The bank may also cancel and reissue cards to customers to protect them from fraud if their card details are at risk.”


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