Scammers always find a way to get their way. This time, they use a scheme called “spoofing scam”. We take stock.
How did the Varois get scammed?
It is now through the spoofing scam that the crooks make victims. Lately, this practice has become fashionable. A retired Toulonnais testifies to this. He fell victim to this scam last fall. Thus, he wishes to warn against this type of scam. His testimony was relayed by our colleagues from Nice-Matin.
The sexagenarian admits having recorded in his directory the number of the incident service of his bank in case he had to object. And surprise, the number in question called him first. According to what the Varois said, during their telephone exchange, the supposed incident service of his bank informed him of fraudulent transactions on his account and that it was in progress.
According to him, he really believed what he was told. He therefore followed all the instructions given by his interlocutor to the letter. He was asked for several pieces of information, namely a verification code sent by SMS, the confidential code of his card, etc. Then, he was told that they will contact him quickly to change his bank card. The pensioner says that the person on the phone told him that a person will be sent to him and that a file number was given to him.
Two days later, at his home, “a man with a black briefcase, dressed properly” showed up with his file number. He had come to retrieve the victim’s bank card. Then, on his account, withdrawals and purchases appear. An amount of 5700 euros was debited.
It is there that he contacts the famous number “La Poste Vol” and that he realizes the scam of which he had just been the victim. The man was dismayed to learn from the real incident department that they do not use this number to contact customers and that the opposition center number has been spoofed. The daily Nice-Matin speaks of a ploy called spoofing.
On October 6, 2021, the pensioner filed a complaint. Alas, his bank considered that he had shown great imprudence and therefore he was never reimbursed for the sum.
What is spoofing?
Increasingly common on social networks, spoofing is a ploy consisting in disguising a communication or an identity by making people believe that the source is reliable. The usurpation of a bank’s opposition center is an example of this.
There are three kinds of spoofing used by cybercriminals namely: email, alias and IP address spoofing. The purpose of spoofing is to damage people’s reputations and steal from them. This cyber attack often results in a heavy and harmful data breach for both individuals and businesses. It is a dangerous attack.
Can spoofing be avoided?
Good news ! Yes, a spoofing attack can be avoided. Advice is offered by the site lebigdata.fr. The site recommends watching for signs that indicate someone is impersonating you. For example, in email spoofing, signs like unusual grammar or poor spelling should be considered.
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 email address of the sender, we could see that it is different from that of the organization he is trying to usurp. Letters may be missing. Avast antivirus alerts when there is URL and brand hijacking or when attachments are strange.
How to prevent spoofing?
To prevent spoofing attacks, one can use several tools, including the spam filter which prevents phishing emails from reaching the inbox. Network operators also use similar tools to block unwanted calls on users’ phones.
Practices such as avoiding clicking directly on a link also reduce the risk of being attacked by spoofers. Manual entry is recommended instead. Opening unexpected attachments is also to be avoided. Especially if their file extension is unusual. And the classic advice, change your passwords regularly, find strong and impossible to guess ones. It will improve cyber security.
It must also be ensured that the IP address is always hidden during navigation. And with each noticeable spoofing attempt, it must be reported to prevent future attacks. If you fear bank identity theft, do not hesitate to consult your advisor.
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