Fraudsters target holidaymakers with bogus hotel-booking emails
Holidaymakers booking their place in the sun this summer have been warned to be extra vigilant about online scams, writes Tom Brady.
Cyber criminals are capitalising on the holiday season by sending fake booking confirmation emails to internet users.
These emails contain attachments that, when opened, download malicious software, which captures the user's passwords, log-ons and identity.
According to the manager of Hotline.ie Paul Durrant, the emails are being sent at random in the hope that people booking hotels will mistake the fraudulent emails as confirmation of a recent booking.
"Most of the emails will be ignored but they work on the basis that some users will have booked a holiday within the previous 12 or 24 hours and will automatically open up what they believe to be a confirmation," he said.
Mr Durrant advised users not to open unexpected emails with attachments.