• A number of listeners to Midwest Radio in the west Roscommon area have today received suspicious phone calls from someone claiming to represent AIB bank.

    It’s likely to be  a vishing scam. Vishing occurs when an individual calls you claiming to be from the Bank, or a company providing a service and request financial and/or personal and security information.

     The term is a combination of ‘voice’ and phishing. It is typically used to steal credit card numbers or other information used in identity theft schemes from individuals.

    A spokesperson for AIB told Midwest News this afternoon that the phone number displayed on the victim’s handset may appear to be a genuine bank phone number but these can be mimicked by criminals.

    The spokesperson is advising customers who suspect  fraudulent activity from any call received, to ask the caller to confirm their authenticity and if still in doubt of the caller’s authenticity, end the call .

    If you feel your bank details have been compromised, you should  call the number on the back of your credit or debit card or alternatively call the official number for the branch on the AIB website.

     Customers can find the AIB security centre at the following link:


  • The Banking & Payments Federation Ireland (BPFI) will be bringing its new FraudSMART Clinic to Sligo tomorrow morning at 11 o’clock.

    The clinic is a fraud awareness initiative which aims to inform citizens about the latest financial fraud activity and trends.

    The Fraudsmart clinic provides simple and impartial advice on how best to protect yourself and your resources.

    The event aims to help the public detect the warning signs of fraudulent activity and to put in place safeguards against it.

    The clinic is a free, walk-in event and taking place in the Clayton hotel, and you can reserve a place on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

    Head of the BPFI Fraudsmart programme Niamh Davenport says that people should be cautious of phone calls or emails that require urgent submission of bank details.