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Caution if you receive an e-mail or a call from the Bank of France

Attention, the Bank of France noted in recent weeks a resurgence of attempts to scam using his name. Individuals and businesses are concerned. A so-called empl

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Caution if you receive an e-mail or a call from the Bank of France

Attention, the Bank of France noted in recent weeks a resurgence of attempts to scam using his name. Individuals and businesses are concerned.

A so-called employee of the Bank of France calls you, or contacts you by email to tell you that you have a bill to pay, that you are about to be prohibited banking or your accounts will be blocked? Whatever the reason, do not provide any of your banking details. Do not perform transfer. Do not click on the link provided. Do not download files that we present you.

The Bank of France calls for the "utmost vigilance" in the wake of an upsurge "of attempts to scam using fraudulently its name under the pretexts of the most diverse", via phone calls or e-mails. Individuals as businesses are concerned.

Phishing, or spear phishing

Attention, the emails can look "real". The fraudsters use the logo of the Bank of France, but also, in their e-mail address, its domain name, "@banque-france.fr" says the organization in a press release.

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These attempted scams electronic of borrowing the codes of the organization that you are familiar with (name, logo, etc) to get you to disclose personal data (bank details, logins, etc) are called "phishing" or "phishing". They are more vicious and therefore more formidable as the scams classic - these emails are often full of mistakes where you are asked bluntly to pay money to a beneficiary who is visibly impaired.

a Few tips to protect yourself

This type of warning is unfortunately become routine practice, the Bank of France had already reported a spike in attempted fraud last may. The opportunity to remember that organizations such as banks, funds for family allowances or the tax administration will never by an e-mail asking you to enter personal information.

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It is also strongly recommended, when you need to log on to a site that requires an identification, do it by typing the URL directly into your browser, rather than clicking on a link that you have sent. The latter may indeed refer to a fraudulent site resembling strongly the official website.

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If you have received an e-mail that conveys an attempt to scam, you can report on Signal-spam.fr. In the third quarter of 2017, this site, the result of a public-private partnership, has received 2.8 million reports of spam (unsolicited commercial email, also called spam). If a large part of these spam messages are of commercial origin, a 13.5 % fall of cybercrime (phishing and other scams).

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