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watch out for online scams

Since mid-March, many French people have preferred online shopping, for their food shopping but also to buy books, clothes or any other consumer good. A boon for hackers and crooks who pretend to be delivery services, institutions, banks or postal services to extract personal information and your bank details.“These emails seem very real and we can easily fall into the trap” warns Matthieu Flaire, head of the departmental public security department of Vaucluse “Take the time to check, contact your bank advisor and check the internet links to which we send you”.

For their part, the Directorate General for Competition, Consumption and the Suppression of Fraud (DGCCRF) and the regulator of banks and insurance warn about scams of donations and fake solidarity kitty that have flourished since the beginning of the Covid-19 epidemic. The regulators asked the crowdfunding actors to be even more careful in their selection of projects before the online pools. And donors, it is also advisable to inquire about the veracity of the project before committing and to give their bank details online.

Beware also of fraudulent SMS, asking you for example to click on a link to change your delivery details. To know the reflexes to have before responding to an email or an SMS and to report fraudulent sites, several official sites are at your disposal, such as Pharos, the government site for the prevention of digital risk or the Cybermalveillance.gouv.fr platform. .

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