Almost all cases can be attributed to so-called phishing, whereby criminals steal an internet-user’s codes and private data.
The total amount stolen during the first three months of the year was 1.95 million euro, up 215% on the same period last year.
During the whole of 2017, online thieves stole a total of 2.5 million euro.
Almost all the fraudster use the same technique known as phishing. The send mails claiming to be from a bank or from other “trustworthy” agencies such as the police or the Tax Office in order to win their victim’s trust.
The e-mail contains a link that leads to a bogus website. The website asks you to give their bank codes, the series of numbers they use to log-on to their home banking and the pin number of their debit and/or credit card.
The criminals use this information to steal money from their victims’ bank accounts.