Water charge refunds: Irish Water warns of phishing scam

Water charge refunds: Irish Water warns of phishing scam

Irish Water is aware that some customers have received emails purporting to be from Irish Water with the subject line ‘Your Irish Water Account – Action required’.

Irish Water will never ask customers to update personal banking information in this way and customers should always delete emails requesting this information. Irish Water is advising anyone who receives these emails to delete them immediately. Do not reply or click on the link provided. Do not provide personal or financial details.

Irish Water has asked domestic customers who have moved property to contact us by phone on 1850 448 448 to update their details. Changes to customers’ personal details can only be updated by phone.

Irish Water has investigated this email and has requested that this fraudulent site be shut down.

Irish Water is aware that during the refund process in particular attempts may be made to deceive customers with phishing emails.

“We have put additional resources in place in attempt to mitigate against these phishing campaigns,” they said.

If you suspect that you've responded to a phishing email with personal information from this or any email, take the following steps to minimise any potential damage:

Change the information you've revealed e.g. change any passwords or PINs on the account or service that you think might have been compromised

Contact your bank or the service provider directly

Routinely review your bank and credit card statements for unexplained charges or enquiries that you didn't initiate

Contact the authorities. The Garda Bureau of Fraud investigation is Ireland's national fraud and internet crime reporting centre.

The company reassured customers that there had been no breach of its security systems.

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