This scam has been targeting millions of French people for several weeks now. Crooks pretend to be Health Insurance to recover the personal data of the insured and in particular their banking information. The process is quite simple: the beneficiaries receive an SMS supposedly sent by the health organization, inviting them to renew or update their Vitale card using a link.
A multi-step operation, which directs recipients to a website very similar to that of Health Insurance. Using a form, the hackers then ask for a certain amount of personal information, including their address, to send the alleged new Carte Vitale. But to receive it, you have to pay a few euros: the scammers thus recover the credit card numbers of their victims to use them fraudulently.
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This “phishing” attempt also concerns an alleged pending refund. The message also asks to fill in a form, always with the aim of sucking up the personal information of the victims. But the scammers go even further: they sometimes call the insured and pretend to be their banker.
fake banker by phone
“The scammer will have all the information to be able to give credibility to his attack. He will call you, tell you: “” You are indeed Mr. or Mrs. so and so who lives in such a place and who has such a bank card number. And there, announcing to him fraud on his bank card, the victim is put in She will be able to give in to the various manipulations that the cybercriminal will make her do” explains Jean-Jacques Latour, director of expertise for the victim assistance platform cybermalveillance.gouv.fr at France info.
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But to avoid any scam, Health Insurance is clear: no SMS is sent to its beneficiaries to update their Vitale card. This is done in pharmacies, on specific terminals, completely free of charge and never on the Internet. On the Ameli.fr site, the Health Insurance explains that it is however likely to reach the insured through SMS. These may indeed contain links, but she never asks for personal information by message such as Social Security number or bank details.