The tax return campaign begins on Thursday 7 April 2022. A few hours after launch, errors were found in pre-filling the declarations. The DGFiP therefore suspended the online service the following day.
Everything seemed to be back to normal on Monday 11 April with the reopening of the site. Since the opportunity knocks, smart kids have come up with the idea of exploiting the confusion. These scammers pretend to be agents of the Directorate General of Public Finance to fool the most gullible.
In fact, many taxpayers have come across websites telling them they could contact public finance centers via premium rate numbers starting with 0 899 or 0891. Which is obviously false according to the DGFiP.
The latter reminds that public finance centers can only be reached with numbers starting with 01, 02, 03, 04 or 05. And this, depending on the region in which it is called. If in doubt, we advise you to dial 0 809 401 401 at the cost of a local call (free of charge).
There have also been fraudulent emails claiming to be from the DGFiP. The latter contain false forms attached, in most cases addressed to companies. Cybercriminals ask their victims to provide their bank details via these attachments.
Fortunately, the presence of spelling and syntax errors made it possible to quickly detect the scams. It is obviously advisable not to reply to these letters when you have doubts about their origin.
“Spoofing”: a new scam targets your bank account
By pretending to be banking institutions, cybercriminals managed to obtain login credentials from many users. Authorities and banks have alerted the public to the resurgence of this act called “spoofing”.
The technique is of a disconcerting simplicity. Scammers establish contact with their victims via email, SMS or phone calls by pretending to be their bank.
They use documents bearing the same letterhead as the financial institution the victim is affiliated with. Once the criminals have obtained the credentials of their victims, make transfers to fraudulent accounts.
The head of the Bas-Rhin administrative investigations and fraud group was questioned by DNA on this matter. He recalled that “The real phone number of your bank appears on your phone”.
The so-called bank will try to trick you into believing that you have been the victim of a fraud or some other mistake to ask for your credentials. It is therefore important never to disclose your personal information to people who call or contact you via SMS or email.
The goal of these scammers has always been to obtain your bank’s login credentials by any means. As soon as this information gets into the wrong hands, they can sell it or link to it to make transfers to offshore accounts. In such cases, it will be very difficult to find the stolen money.
Faced with this growing phenomenon, banks remind you that they will never ask for your login details. When you are faced with a suspicious message, do not hesitate to go to the nearest branch to carry out a check.
Cryptocurrencies: A new scam is circulating
Speaking of scam, a new form fraud This time around, it targets cryptocurrency users. Criminals begin by establishing contact with their victim on dating platforms. Once they manage to build trust, they suggest installing a fake application.
When the application is installed on the phone, they will offer you to earn money by investing in cryptocurrency. To do this, the victim is asked to buy cryptocurrency from a reputable site and invest it in the scammers’ bogus app. Unfortunately, all the money transferred will disappear instead of making profits as promised.
This new scam has been dubbed “CryptoRom”. This phenomenon is gaining momentum in Western Europe and is rampant on popular apps like Tinder, Bumble, Grindr, or Facebook Dating.
“These scams are well organized to identify and exploit vulnerable users based on their circumstances, interests and skill level,” warns Sophos researcher Jagadeesh Chandraiah.
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