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New Fraud Text-Checker service launched

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Bank of Ireland UK

17th Nov 2022

  • 68% of the adult population worry about being targeted by online fraudsters
  • Bank of Ireland introduces Text-Checker service for customers to verify texts
  • Cybercrime expert, Professor Mary Aiken advises:  ‘Stop, Think, Check’


17th November 2022:  A new Text-Checker service to verify if text messages are legitimate has been launched for Bank of Ireland customers. The new service comes as its revealed in an NI survey that 68% of adults surveyed by Red C say they are worried about being targeted by online fraudsters, and with 26% of those surveyed advising they have been a victim of fraud, Bank of Ireland is also encouraging consumers to Stop, Think and Check before they share any personal details.

Bank of Ireland’s new text checking service is for customers who are in any doubt about a text they received saying it’s from the Bank.  Customers simply send the word ‘Check’ followed by the text message they wish to verify, to 50365 and they will receive confirmation within 60 seconds.  The Bank has also partnered with Professor Mary Aiken, a world-leading expert in Cyberpsychology, which is the study of the impact of technology on human behaviour. Professor Aiken has analysed some common examples of fraudulent texts and, in a series of videos, will break down what a fraudster will do, why that might catch people out and what people can do to protect themselves.

Commenting during Fraud Awareness Week, Edel McDermott, Head of Fraud, said: “Our customers’ financial wellbeing and peace of mind around their accounts is a top priority for Bank of Ireland. Despite warnings and increased awareness, the threat of fraud, most notably via text messages, is rising.

“Through our new Text-Checker service, customers can have any text that looks like it’s coming from Bank of Ireland verified in 60 seconds. We’re also partnering with Professor Mary Aiken, to help our customers understand the ways that fraudsters will target them. Professor Aiken’s insights and the Bank’s simple message of Stop, Think, Check, will help customers protect themselves against fraud”.

Professor Mary Aiken commented: “We all know someone who has been targeted or become a victim of fraud.  There is a cybercrime epidemic, which is why we need to become aware of how we are being targeted, and most importantly, what we should do to protect ourselves.  We simply cannot trust texts, emails or phone calls that look like they are coming from a business or official body in the first instance.  It’s difficult: trust is a very human trait but in an age of technology we have to adapt. 

“I’m delighted to work with Bank of Ireland on this initiative – which is a first, in that it decodes the behaviours of fraudsters and the tactics that they use, making this real for people. The most important part of our advice though is to remind people to, simply – stop, think and check before reacting or responding to any communication they get in text, email or on the phone

While fraud is increasingly prevalent, consumers are becoming more mindful and cautious around becoming a target – 77% regularly considering the threat of fraud when they are online.  Tactics used by fraudsters, including links to bogus websites in texts, are also gaining familiarity with the population.  While 61% trust receiving a text message from their bank, this drops to 12% when the text includes a link requesting login to internet banking.

Bank of Ireland advice to customers:

  • We’ll never send you a text message with a link to a website that asks for your card number, your 365Online PIN, or for any one-time passcodes that we’ve sent to you.
  • Be very careful with any phone number sent to you in a text. It could be fake.
  • Where customers receive a text appearing to be from Bank of Ireland, the Text-Checker service (Security and Fraud / Bank of Ireland UK) is now available.


If you get a text that claims to be from Bank of Ireland but you are not sure if it’s genuine, here’s how to verify it:

  1. Copy the text you wish to verify.
  2. Paste into a new message.
  3. Add the word CHECK before the text. (In the same text)
  4. Send to 50365.


Alternatively send it to and we’ll let you know if it was really from us. Remember to forward a screenshot of the text if possible. If you think you may have given away any of your banking details, please call our 24/7 Freephone line 0800 121 7790 immediately.

For more advice and information on fraud, including an example of a Text Check submission and response, visit

If you do receive a SPAM or fraudulent text message, you can also forward it to 7726 to enable mobile providers to investigate the origin of the text and seek to block or ban the sender if it’s found to be malicious.