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I have a habit of checking my email as the first thing in the morning after I wake up, this habit has become more of a ritual for me.
Today, while going through them I spotted one titled“AIB™ Security Department” it got my attention because I had switched from them a while back, so I don’t bank with AIB™ anymore.
As a tech-savvy me, I just knew before I even opened it that it was a phishing attempt to steal my details, to tell you the truth it got me excited, I decided to find out more so that i can bring this to your attention showing how these guys are sending emails and preying on vulnerable people.
After turning on my own security protocols (to prevent any malicious files from being downloaded onto my computer) I decided to copy the actual link hiding behind the link they included in their email saying“Click here to set up your SCA”
As soon as I pasted that link in the browser a website opened up that was identical to the real AIB website, the photos, the offers, the products and services were absolutely identical except one thing “the URL in your browser address bar” there is no way of telling for not so tech savvy user.
Another thing I noticed was the pink Facebook messenger icon located at the bottom right side of the page.
Upon clicking that icon it took me to another page which was blank while with the exception of the AIB header then all of a sudden a chat at the right bottom of the page popped up.
I was successfully connected to the scammer on the other end, I was told they need to make sure that they are talking to the account holder and due to GDPR, they cannot discuss the account details with anyone other than the account holder (very impressive indeed).
I was asked to confirm the “last 4 digits” of my debit card, I quickly came up with one and typed 5479.
Next question was to confirm my “date of birth,” again I made one up but just to test the scammer I gave him yesterdays date 25/11/1975 to which he replied “happy belated birthday” and I thank my scammer by saying, “you guys are so nice.”
Next question he asked me was to “confirm my address” and then said “there is just one more question to go after this one before we can get you to Sign the SCA,” to which I replied, “of course, I appreciate you doing all these checks to ensure my security and to keep my money safe” He must have thought he had at this stage!
After I gave him my “phony Dublin address,” his last question came as a surprise when he asked me to “confirm my balance on the account” I paused for a second and said “€21,679.87 (twenty one thousand, six hundred seventy-nine euros and 87 cents)”
That’s correct he said, “Can we now sign the ‘SCA’ to ensure your account wont be closed please click this link shorturl.at/KC024”
Warning: (guys don’t type that link in your browser)
So I started my own research into the link which redirected me to a forum with the details I provided him already filled in. I must say very impressive indeed, until all of a sudden my chrome said “oh snap this wasn’t meant to happen” please refresh and try loading your page again.
Upon reload It said Phishing attack ahead duh… So with this I did not try to bypass the warning by clicking at the bottom of this page and allowing Chrome to go ahead instead I closed it and got back to my chat.
Now he was asking me “what I did for living and if I was getting his messages.”
I informed him that I work for UBL (Ulster Bank Limited) at Shelbourne Road in Ballsbridge and that I am a risk analyst there for the past 13 years and worked as a fraud prevention analyst prior to that role.
I asked him for his help for signing the SCA document before he lost his plot and said I am an analyst so he would like to do me anally without wasting my time unlike me who just happen to have wasted his precious time. He also said I must be someone who can’t have a boyfriend therefore I am bored and pathetic.
Innocently enough i asked him to explain what happened as I have been complying with all the demands to get to the bottom of this but now he was threatening to get me killed, just because he has a lot of spare cash that allows him a certain privileges over others.
I told him I had a confession to make as we both lied to one another and it’s time for the both us us to come clean.
What’s that he asked, and then said he is really angry with me because I wasted a lot of his time.
I said the truth about me is that I lied about my job, about my position but instead I am scrounging the pants of my country’s resources by doing sweet fuck all! So I offered to work with him, yes I showed my interest to him working as a scammer. But he got to answer a few questions that I had.
1. Do you live in Ireland?
2. How much money do you make each month?
The reply i got said:
I wasn’t cut out for this type of work he said, he will have to mentor me as a scammer so I can get good at conning people..
However, the answer came as no surprise to say the least, he said to make a consistent income of at least “15K a month” and it could go all the way up to “40K a month” if you put in the work, scam business is like any other business out there, the more effort you put in the more you make.
I sent him a few more messages asking to explain why am I not cut out for such work before he got angry and called me names like “A Cunt” and then he told me “no one is cut out for anything when you start something new you must just get on with it and learn everyday to improve your skills and learn from your mistakes.”
Now that’s not just some desperate hungry scammer this one is a Tier-A scammer who knows and understand other skills beside his line of work and combine them together with what he does to reap exceptional results.
I was asked by him to go on a video chat service to show him my face that I did not want to do that, god knows what he was going to request thereafter, probably to take off my top my bra? then undo my bottoms and take off my briefs? No thanks!
Nevertheless, he wanted my Whatsapp, but I wasn’t sure of passing that out either, so he offered to meet up in January next year when he’ll visit Dublin.
In the end, I said I will think about it and let him know, also if i’ll have any further questions I’ll ask but he said “No” unless he is sure that I am who I say I am because for all he knows I may very well be a scammer just like him!
Now, that was the message that really made my day I laughed so hard that I almost wet myself.
That’s it, I just left it at that, for now…
I’ll write about it more, unless he happens to stumble upon this breakup.ie and read about himself and see the screenshots of his conversation, maybe I should’ve seen his video to get a screenshot of his photo as well so I could attach that with this post for everyone to see but these guys are highly organised and not stupid they take all measures to protect themselves from being exposed.
In the end, I felt I did whatever I had to bring you the awareness. So watch out for such sophisticated methods of scams that are being deployed these days to strip you off your darn hard money.
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