Scams: beware of these fraudulent SMS which can cost you dearly

modified: 2023-01-19 09:48:04

Paying taxes is an obligation. But some scams use this pretext to trick their victims.

  Scams: beware of these fraudulent SMS which can cost you dearly

All taxpayers know: the taxes and duties claimed by the tax authorities must be paid . Also, he wants to better avoid dragging when we have to make a payment to the public treasury. This obligation involves regularly connect to the tax site . For some people, these steps can quickly become a source of anxiety. Thus, there are smart guys who set up scams, pretending to be the tax administration. Surcharged numbers, fraudulent texts and emails… They try to gain the trust of the recipients to obtain informations personal or money. The authorities are well aware of the phenomenon , and are now trying to warn the French.

Companies targeted by email scams

These last months, several professionals have reported a scam , which rages on e-mail. Most often, the scammers targeted businesses. Here is their modus operandi: imitate the email address of the tax services . By usurping the contact details of the administration, they attempt to collect sensitive information, using false forms.

The phenomenon has grown significantly. As well, the DGFiP alerts taxpayers to these scams of a new kind. She calls to exercise caution , in the face of e-mails that refer to Taxes .
'We invite you to be very vigilant about the content of the messages you receive, paying particular attention to all the signs and details that may reveal that it is a fraudulent message: spelling or syntax errors, requests details of the company or its bank details, etc. If in doubt, do not respond to these messages if they do not come from the email address of your business tax service (SIE) which you can find on your notices or on our contact page. »

Fraudulent text messages and phone numbers

With the announcement of fuel allowance , some crooks did not hesitate to seize the case. Their method? Send text messages doing the promotion of this new device . Of course, these messages aim to lure you to fake web pages, in order to extort your personal data. Faced with these scams, tax services confirm that this is not a real information campaign. If you wish to request your fuel voucher, here is the link to the only official form .

Another pitfall to avoid: premium rate numbers . Indeed, taxation can sometimes take on the appearance of a headache. Also, many taxpayers are looking for phone numbers for assistance. Blessed bread for the most dishonest. Thereby, some have set up scams , using premium rate numbers. Here again, the DGFiP remains categorical: it is indeed a fraudulent maneuver. If you need to reach the IRS, here is the single number (not surcharged): 0 809 401 401 .

Transfer scams

As we said above, paying taxes is one of the obligations of citizens. Gold, beware of text messages or emails, allegedly issued by the tax authorities . In this case, the scammer will try to impersonate the tax services. And if he manages to earn your trust , it will encourage you to make a transfer . You guessed it, again, it's not about the taxman.

For r spot these scams , the DGFiP gives several tips to taxpayers. Here are the details that should alert you . The interlocutor is unusual. The content of the request is unusual (international transfer request, change of contact details, etc.). The form of the request is unusual (inconsistency, spelling or syntax errors, e-mail address very close to the usual address, but different…)”.

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