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Beware Of Mobile Text Scams & Fake Emails

The latest text scams being sent to mobile phones and via fake email messages are making claims that they represent An Post, the Irish postal service, and involves customs payment for a package.

Those receiving these texts are being asked to pay import duty/tax and an advance fee for a parcel to be processed through the Irish postal service.

A link can be found at the bottom of the text usually using ‘anpost.ie.shipping-updates.co’ where unsuspecting customers, foolish enough to upload same are being asked to enter their personal information.

An Post are now warning their customers:-
“We are aware of fraudsters sending fake emails and texts to customers pretending to be from An Post. We are asking customers to remain vigilant and be ‘scam aware’.
“An Post will
never send urgent requests or threats, use shortened links, [for example Bit.ly], or send messages that contain any links when contacting you about the payment of Customs Charges.”

If you want to find out where your personal data was acquired, chances are it was hacked in an incident where data was unintentionally exposed to the public, by e.g. ADOBE, Audi, Facebook, Dropbox, epik, LinkedIn, Myspace, eatigo etc, etc.. Compromised data obtained from these hacked sites include:- Email addresses, Names, Phone numbers, Physical addresses, Purchases and more.

You can checkout who may have unintentionally exposed your personal information by CLICKING HERE, or entering into your search panel the phrase “Have I Been Pwned”. Enter just your email address or your phone number, before scrolling down the page to discover who exposed your data.

Collection #1 remains the name of a set of email addresses and passwords that appeared on the ‘dark web’ possibly in January 2019. This database contains over 773 million unique email addresses and 21 million unique passwords, resulting in more than 2.7 billion email/password pairs.

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