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Business Bulletin: Bank fraud, Credit Union seeks volunteers and Chamber networking event

Four out of five people have been targeted by fraudsters in the last year according to new survey

Research from AIB have revealed that four in five people in Ireland have been targeted by fraudsters within the last year, having received either a text, call or email they believed to be fraudulent.

Those over 55 were more likely to be targeted by fraudsters, with 85% in this age group receiving some form of fraudulent communication.

Customers across all age categories are still being targeted by fraudsters, with 80% of those between the ages of 18-34 reporting that they have received a fraudulent communication in the past year.

Last year fraud losses on Irish consumers’ credit and debit cards amounted to €22 million last year according to industry data.

The research comes as AIB is warning customers to be aware of the signs of fraud in order to protect themselves and to prevent fraudsters from stealing their money.

Sean Jevens, Head of Digital Engagement at AIB, said “More people are shopping or making payments online as a result of the Covid-19 restrictions, and fraudsters have seized on this opportunity to send consumers fraudulent messages.

“The data shows an increase in activity by fraudsters trying to steal people’s money, which has seen four in five adults receiving either a text, call or email which was not genuine in the past year.

“Our research shows that there is a high level of awareness among people in Ireland regarding fraud, with 98% of people saying they have ignored or reported a fraudulent text, call or email when they receive one which is encouraging.”

People First Credit Union Needs You!

People First Credit Union are looking for volunteers to sit on several committees throughout the Credit Union.

If you have free time and want to get more involved with your local Credit Union, then this is the role for you!

Volunteering brings many opportunities including, CV enhancement and will allow you to engage and take a more active role within your local community.

For more details, please contact belinda@peoplefirstcu.ie. 

Worth a read/listen – Bernard Brogan on things business can learn from the world of sport

Bernard Brogan may be retired from his playing career with the Dublin footballers but he’s still keeping a relatively high profile, albeit in the business world.

Brogan, who has an involvement with Lilly’s Bar and Restaurant in Portlaoise, also has two other businesses – Legacy Communications, a sports and marketing agency, and PepTalk, an employee well-being tool.

In an interview with Ian Kehoe with theCurrency, which is available in both written and podcast form, he outlines some of the lessons from sport which can be applied in business – including: a crisis is an opportunity to innovate; culture lives and dies in middle management; The Performance Trinity; Vulnerability builds trust; Replacing the changing room/watercooler moments.

You can check it out in full here. 

Laois Chamber online networking event

Following on from a successful virtual conference last week, Laois Chamber are holding an online networking event this Thursday, February 25.

You can register here for the one-hour Zoom call which takes place from 9am to 10am.

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