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Another scam has become rampant on Twitter over the past few days, with a spat of direct messages being unlawfully sent via hi-jacked Twitter accounts. The majority of messages read "guaranteed. make $3,000 to $8,000 a month from home" or similar, and it's well advised that follow-through links within not be clicked.
Sony customers in Europe are being warned that Credit Card numbers, home addresses, birth dates and personal passwords have all be compromised in the global hack on the PlayStation and Qriocity networks in April.
The National Consumer Agency is warning AIB and other bank customers to be wary of convincing spam emails circulating at the moment. The advisory comes on foot of another warning by the agency of advanced ATM skimming scams targeting AIB customers.
O2 Ireland is warning its 1.7 million users to be aware of a fake “phishing” emails purporting to be from the company.
The fake emails tell O2 customers to click a link where they are asked to provide their O2.ie login details. These emails do not originate from O2 nor are they associated with the company.