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How eir Protects You
We have a number of security measures in place to keep you safe online. We use secure websites to ensure safe browsing for our customers. Before entering secure information on an eir website, make sure that the website belongs to us.
The eir website addresses are:
What is Phishing?
Phishing is the attempt to obtain personal information online and is one of the most common forms of internet fraud. If you have an email account, you've probably been on the receiving end of a phishing email at one stage or another. These emails are usually very believable and if you do give personal information to phishers, they can use it for financial gain or identity theft.
These are fraudulent emails that appear to come from a legitimate source such as a subscription service, your bank, or a utility company. Phishing emails generally contain links to spoof websites that appear to have the same look and feel as the source they claim to be. Phishers can then attempt to trick you into divulging sensitive information using a variety of methods including informing you of a supposed refund or an issue with your billing. You are then requested to:
- Reveal bank account or credit card numbers, account numbers, usernames or passwords.
- Install malicious software on your computer known as Malware which can extract personal data from your computer or device.
Examples of Current Threats
eir are aware of a series of unsolicated emails in circulation that claim to come from our services teams. We care about your safety and continuously work to raise awareness so that you can avoid becoming a victim of identiy fraud.
You may have recieved an email stating there was an issue with a payment on your most recent bill, asking you to click a link to pay the balance. This link sends you to an unauthorised third party site that closely resembles the eir website but has various different URL addresses at the top of the web page.
Alternatively, you may have received an email that claims that a bill is ready, that an account needs to be verified, you are due a refund or that a payment needs to be confirmed. Examples of which are below:
Advisory notice 28/06/17
In light of the recent ransomware reports in the media, eir would like to remind their customers to be vigilant when opening emails.
We have had some reports of a fraudulent e-mail in circulation purporting to be from eir. The e-mail can be seen below. Note that it contains what appears to be an eir logo and an eir address, so it may seem legitimate.
If you are at all unsure of the validity of the sender, one tip is to hover your mouse over the name of the sender of the e-mail, this will typically reveal the true identity of the sender. Also, if you have already opened the e-mail, you will notice that the attachment to the e-mail is sent using Microsoft Word. eir will never send emails containing MS Word attachments.
Other forms of Phishing
Phishing Phone Calls
Phishing phone calls use the features of Voice over IP phones in order to gain access to information and to mask the origin of the call. Callers tend to impersonate company personnel or employees.
You may have received a call from someone claiming to be a representative of eir calling to query an issue with your broadband, stating that in order to fix the issue they need access to your PC/Laptop/Devices. The caller may put pressure on you to provide credit card details in order to repair or upgrade the security of the device. If your have recieved a phone call such as this and are concerned about your security, contact your bank immediately for information on what do next.
This is phishing sent via text messages. Like emails, they appear to come from legitimate numbers in an attempt to prompt you to supply personal information. eir will NEVER ask for personal or financial information over text.
Tips to Spot a Phishing Email
Phishing attempts are becoming increasingly sophisticated and convincing. However, the tips below will hopefully reduce the risk of you falling victim to such attempts. It is important to note that eir may on occasion send you product related or marketing surveys via email. However, we NEVER ask you for login details or personal information in these surveys.
The next time you're not completely sure that an email you received is legitimate, look out for things like:
Claims that are too good to be true
Spelling mistakes and other errors
Beware of web links in emails
Threats or requests for urgent action
Emails that are missing specific information
Any requests to send money
If you think you've received a phishing email
- Don't open the email if possible
- Don't click on any of the links in the email
- Report the email as spam to your mail provider by clicking on "mark as spam"
- Don't open any attachments
- Delete it