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Banque de France: phishing alert

Last week, the Banque de France issued a warning regarding a " an increase in identity theft and data theft attempts targeting businesses and individuals ". Phishing with fraudulent emails or calls that improperly impersonate this institution.

This alert is still current and has just been updated. The pretexts for the scam attempt are varied: banking ban, credit release, letter from the President, SEPA migration?

" The recipient is often asked to click on a link to a fake Banque de France site as well as a data entry form inviting the internet user to communicate their bank details ", writes the Banque de France.

She recalls that she never requests that bank details be communicated to her, either by email or telephone, and returns to the Pharos platform in order to report scams.

The Pharos platform is placed under the aegis of the Ministry of the Interior. The national police had relayed the alert from the Banque de France and published the list of usual phishing reflexes:

  • Do not click before having read the entire message received, even if this message seems to you to come from a reliable and known source.
  • Be wary of messages such as "We suspect an unauthorized transaction on your account". It is most certainly a fear and fear phishing attempt. In this type of case, the Internet user is then required to click on a link leading to a false site with visual cues identical to the official sites (logos, images, slogans). He is then invited to fill out a form with his personal information, passwords and bank account identifiers for example. The trap closes.
  • Never transmit banking information by email.
  • Never respond to an email asking for personal information.
  • Check the URL in the browser's address bar. There may be a slight typing error in the site address. In most browsers, a green padlock indicates the existence of a secure connection using SSL, which is an additional indication of the site's legitimacy.

The Pharos platform also makes it possible to report illegal content on the Internet (child pornography, hate speech, terrorism …). Pharos receives on average around 400 reports per day. In the days following the murderous attacks at the start of the year in Paris, this average had exploded to reach 3,300 reports per day (mainly content promoting terrorism or incitement to hatred).