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27/09/2021

Kildare residents defrauded of €14,000 as bank accounts hacked

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Kildare residents defrauded of €14,000 as bank accounts hacked

Naas garda station

A number of Kildare residents have been defrauded out of thousands of euro in a succession of cyber crime attacks.

It’s understood that nearly €14,000 was misappropriated from a number of accounts.

In another instance an account holder was shut out from his account.

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The incidents occurred between July 19 and July 23.

In most cases they responded to a text from an unknown source via their mobile phones requesting them to follow a link and provide personal details.

The incidents affected five people living in Naas, Kilcullen and Sallins.

The cumulative amount of money stolen came to €13,650 and the largest single sum which vanished was €7,400.

Another individual’s account was the subject of account takeover fraud - which happens when a cybercriminal gains access to the victim’s login credentials to steal funds or information.

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