Spoofing scam in France: This retiree shares how he got stripped like never before

Scammers always find a way to get their way. This time they use a scheme called “spoofing fraud”. We take stock.

How were the Varois deceived?

It is now through the spoofing scam that the crooks become victims. Recently, this practice has become fashionable. A retired Toulonnais testifies to this. He became a victim of this scam last fall. Therefore, he would like to warn against this type of scam. His Transcript was sent by our colleagues from Nice-Matin.

The sixty-year-old admits to having entered the number of his bank’s emergency service in his address book in case he has to object. And surprise, the number in question called him first. According to the Varois, during their phone conversation, his bank’s alleged breakdown service informed him of fraudulent transactions on his account and that they were in progress.

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According to him, he really believed what he was told. He therefore followed all the instructions of his interlocutor to the letter. He was asked for several pieces of information, namely a code examination sent via SMS, the confidential code of his card etc. Then he was told that they will contact him again quickly to change his bank card. The pensioner says the person on the phone told him a person was being sent to see him and that he had been given a case number.

Two days later, “a man with a black briefcase, properly dressed” showed up at his home with his case number. He had come to collect the victim’s bank card. Then withdrawals and purchases appear on his account. An amount of 5700 euros was debited.

There he contacted the famous number “La Poste Vol” and realized the scam he had just fallen victim to. The man was dismayed to learn from Real Incidents that they do not use this number to contact customers and that the center the opposition. The daily newspaper Nice-Matin speaks of a trick called spoofing.

The pensioner filed a complaint on October 6, 2021. Unfortunately, his bank believed that he had shown great recklessness and as a result he was never reimbursed.

What is spoofing?

Increasingly common on social networks, spoofing is a trick that consists of disguising a communication or an identity by leading people to believe that the source is reliable. The usurpation of a bank’s opposition center is an example of this.

There are three types of spoofing used by cyber criminals namely: email, alias and IP address spoofing. The purpose of spoofing is to tarnish people’s reputations and steal from them. This cyber attack often leads to severe and damaging data breach for individuals and businesses. It is a offensive which turns out to be dangerous.

Can spoofing be avoided?

Good news ! Yes, a spoofing attack can be prevented. The website lebigdata.fr offers advice. The site recommends being alert for signs that someone is impersonating you. For example, when it comes to email spoofing, signs such as unusual grammar or bad spelling should be taken into account.

One might also notice awkward language. Spoofers often send urgent messages to encourage victims to take immediate action without paying attention. If we pay attention to the sender’s email address, we can see that it is different from that of the organization he is trying to usurp. Letters may be missing. Avast Antivirus warns of URL and brand hijacking or strange attachments.

How to prevent spoofing?

To prevent spoofing attacks one can use several tools including spam filter which prevents phishing emails from reaching inbox. Network operators also use similar tools to block unwanted calls on users’ phones.

Practices such as avoiding clicking on a link directly also reduce the risk of being targeted by spoofers. Manual entry is recommended instead. Also avoid opening unexpected attachments. Especially if their file extension is unusual. And the classic advice, change your passwords regularly, find strong and unguessable ones. It will improve cyber security.

It is also necessary to ensure that the IP address always remains hidden during navigation. And any suspicious spoofing attempt must be reported to prevent future attacks. When we’re scared a usurpation Bank identity, do not hesitate to consult your advisor.

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