TSB Phishing emails

There seems to be an increase in the number of phishing emails that are being sent at the moment, these are now targeting Irish banks, and could have serious implications if you get tricked by these phishing emails. Common sense would tell you that your bank would never email you, but I’m sure that if enough emails are sent that someone will get caught. If you’ve shared any private info about your bank account or yourself, you should contact the bank & the Gardaí straight away.

They seem to be targetting Irish email addresses, i.e. ones with a .ie  at the end.

Here is one we got today ‘from’ Permanent TSB, the from email address was : “Permanent TSB”<info@permanenttsb.ie> :

Dear Customer:

Permanent TSB is constantly striving to provide you with more convenience, control, and security to assist in managing your finances.

As part of our ongoing efforts to make it easier for you to use our online services, we have revised the Permanent TSB E-Sign Consent
and Online Access Agreement that you reviewed and accepted when you began to use Permanent TSB Online? or Permanent TSB Business Online? Banking service(s).

To review the changes, click on the links below:

  • E- Sign Consent (link removed)
  • Online Access Agreement (link removed)

Our Support Unit is carrying out a scheduled software update By following
the link Above you will start the procedure of the client login Reinstate.

These instructions are to be mailed and followed by all clients of the Permanent TSB.
Permanent TSB Service does apologize for the inconveniences caused to you, and is very appreciative for your cooperation.

If you are not customer of Permanent TSB Plc Service please ignore this notification!

***** This is an automated message, please do not respond *****? 2012 Permanent TSB. All Rights Reserve

EDIT: 1 further phishing email format, this time from Poland…

You have 1 important mail alert!

We strongly advise you should update your account and resolve the problem.

Click here to proceed

Failure to do this will lead to your account been suspended or de-activated.

Thanks for your co-operation.

Yours Sincerely

Permanent TSB Online Banking

Revenue.ie : Phishing attempt

Just a quick warning to people who might see the following email in their inbox titled “Recalculation fiscal activity for 2011” supposedly from Revenue.ie.

The email appears to be sent from confidential@revenue.ie, but this is just spoofed (email spoofing is just too easy). The text of the email says

Dear Applicant:

Please note that you can apply for tax refund, today we have sent your tax file number (TFN): 2 7 9 0 2 1 6 8 1 5
(See the tax privacy note in the Taxpayer’s declaration on page 8 of your tax refund) and is valid only 24 hours for security reasons.
Please take a few minutes of your time to complete the form, for your safety please do not reveal your TFN number to others.
In order to complete, please follow this link:


The contents of this email and any attachments are confidential and as applicable, copyright in these is reserved to Irish Tax and Customs.
Unless expressly authorised by us, any further dissemination or distribution of this email or its attachments is prohibited.

Irish Tax and Customs

and it has a link to
and not the official http://www.revenue.ie/refunds website. If you have received such an email, according to their security advice, you should forward the email to them.

The idea of such an email is to trick companies to fill out their personal details, such as credit card details, which will probably be used against them. The phishing site is very, very poorly done.

If you have filled this out, you should call your credit card company and cancel your card, and contact the revenue commissioners.