Friday, January 28

False tax refund: beware of this scam that is currently circulating

In preparation for the Christmas holidays, beware of gifts that are too good to be true. A phishing attempt is currently circulating by email making the French believe that the State wants to reimburse an overpayment of taxes.

Using the logo of the French administration and displaying in the header, this fraudulent e-mail claims that the general directorate of public finances is seeking to pay you undue taxes. However, the scam mainly wants you to fill out an online form via a clickable link.

For cybercriminals, the idea is always the same: convince you to give personal information and your bank details, the message explaining in particular that the link will only be valid for forty-eight hours. The idea of ​​this phishing being to force its reader to act in an emergency.

Revealed by What to choose, this new scam is particularly widespread during the end of year holidays. A favorable period for crooks who try to seduce the French, often looking for little financial help that would allow them to have fun.

A very neat and therefore misleading email

Concretely, the e-mail sent is particularly misleading here, because the cyber crooks behind have taken care of the form. It is therefore advisable to remain vigilant. However, a few signs allow you to quickly understand that this is a scam.

The first thing to know is that the general directorate of public finances will never do this if it has to reimburse you for an overpayment. If in doubt, go to the site yourself By typing this internet address in the url bar of your web browser, and not by clicking on a link that could lead to a bogus site. Then, enter your particular space.

In the “documents” category, you should find a mention of a refund and this is usually done automatically by the administration.

In addition – and these tips are valid for any phishing email – when reading a suspicious email you can hover your mouse over the clickable link without actually clicking on it. The URL address of the site to which you will be redirected then appears. Usually, this is a strange domain name or one that has nothing to do with official sites.

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