Pyrénées-Orientales: crooks pretend to be health insurance

Health Insurance alert: phishing campaigns are more and more frequent. By email or SMS you are asked for confidential data. Not answering, here’s why.

The message, however, is clear. Perfect Health Insurance logo, sender’s address with the word “ameli”, just like the official website, and a very natural request. And yet, this message is a fake. A dangerous fake. “It’s called phishing, explains Emmanuel Bouffard the deputy director of the Pyrénées-Orientales Health Insurance. It is very easy to get caught, because scammers, cybercriminals, are becoming more and more successful. These mass attacks have been building for several months.” The content of the message is however not worrying. For example, you are asked to renew or update your Vitale card, you may be told that a new card is available to you and that the organization is waiting for your postal address to send it to you. “The first thing that should alert the user, continues the manager. We never ask for information that we necessarily already have. But the most serious thing is that after the scammer asks you for your bank details. Be careful, the scam is obvious“. Because once the cybercriminal has your data, he can tap into your accounts. How to tell the difference between a real message from the Health Insurance and a fake? “If in doubtrecalls Emmanuel Bouffard, log in to your own Ameli account, with your identifiers that only you know. There the site is secure and all the real information is there, and possibly requests from the administration.”

Other institutions of the most serious and benefiting from the confidence of the public (La Poste, transport companies, banks, the gendarmerie, the police, etc.) have seen their names usurped by cybercriminals. Distrust must be in order. The golden rule is never to transmit sensitive data (postal address, credit card number, RIB) without being perfectly sure of the merits of the request and the reality of the applicant.

“A reaction a little too fast on the part of the security”

Mélanie (first name has been changed) was the victim of a cyber attack linked to a problem with her Vitale card. “It was initially the pharmacist who told me that my card was blocked, confides the young woman. I don’t know why it had become invalid, but since we were in a sanitary pass period, I thought it was linked to possible attempts to edit some from my coordinates. I said to myself that for security the Secu had blocked the card, which was certainly pirated. So I applied for a renewal over the Internet.” Good surprise, two days after the process, Mélanie receives an SMS to let her know that the card is ready. And there the gear is on the way. In the message he is asked to pay a small sum for the dispatch of said card by integrating his bank details. “Unsuspecting I did it, she confesses, but there is still something that bothered me. I had been warned that it took several weeks to create the document, and there in 2 days it was done. It still surprised me from the security. For the sake of conscience I contacted the health insurance which explained to me that it was a scam known to the services. I immediately made the necessary arrangements with my bank. I was lucky nothing was taken.

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