Given the resurgence of scams being made on the internet, here are the 4 most common scams: they all aim to gain your trust to access your money.
Here are our tips to best protect you against malicious attacks:
|Romance scams take place when an attacker assumes a false identity online to gain a victim’s affection and trust. This malicious person pretends to have an intimate relationship to manipulate the victim into giving him money.|
|Care should be taken when a person:|
|• Promptly declares love and affection;
• claims to be a resident of your country, but is abroad for business or because they are in the military.
• claims to need money for emergencies, hospital bills or urgent trips;
• claims that his bank account was blocked by mistake and needs you to send him money.
|CORPORATE IDENTITY THEFT|
|Scammers pretend to be a well-known company (for example, an e-commerce company or a software company’s technical support). They claim that your account or software has been compromised and your money is at risk. They can put you in touch with a banking specialist to back up their story.|
|Tips to avoid identity theft scams:|
|• never allow support personnel (or anyone else) to access your device remotely;
• never give out your passwords.
|Investment scammers ask you to invest money for high returns, often promising very little or no financial risk. In general, they ask the “investors” to recruit others.|
|Tips to avoid investment scams:|
|• Be especially skeptical of websites or services promising high returns or unrealistic investment opportunities. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
• send money or cryptocurrencies only to trusted third parties. See publicly verifiable reviews or articles from a credible news organization that cite their sources.
|Fraudsters pretend to be administrative and governmental agencies, such as services such as the public treasury, the CAF, the Pôle emploi, a prefecture, the bank of France or even a police investigation service (La police, La gendarmerie, or Interpol), they claim that your bank account has been blocked and that you must transfer your money to a cryptocurrency account. They can also include fake bank representatives to be more believable.|
|Tips for avoiding government scams:|
|• government agencies and almost never contact you directly by phone, text or email; • hang up and contact the government agency directly via their public website and official contact details.|
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Internet scams: how to avoid them and what to watch out for
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