Scams: Watch out for Paypal links on the Internet
Scams: Cybersecurity experts know exactly how scammers work: ” They find ads related to Facebook, Leboncoin or other platforms. Each time, they get in touch with people, say they are interested, and then take their victims to fake PayPal links or delivery sites. The idea behind it is to extract money or at least identifiers. ”
The process is well known, as is the well-established discourse of thieves: This is still based on the same discourse where the fake buyer assures you that he is interested but that it is up to the seller to advance the costs. When you come, you have nothing to pay, on the contrary. Logically, sometimes people are deceived and these scams can cause significant damage very quickly.
If you put a property you are selling at a point of sale, never click on the link sent by someone who tells you that you have costs as a seller, because it never is.
Platforms that are not controlled
If scammers go through these platforms it is because there is almost no regulation. “It’s not framed,” admits Jean-Jacques Latour. However, it refuses to allow consumers to sink into total paranoia when it comes to selling on the Internet. : ” After all, out of the thousands of transactions that are made every day, there are very few scams. Don’t be embarrassed by these places. As in all fields, there are risks. These scammers play with the weaknesses of the systems. The easier it is to use a platform, the less secure it is“.
However, the inventiveness of scammers who always seem to adapt should not be underestimated. ” If we take the example of boncoin, they have introduced secure online payment. Immediately, the thieves did their business and sent links copying the system in an identical way. They always look for the parade in the parade. Therefore, we must be careful when selling something when, in a minute, we are harassed, when the messages are a bit similar or when the interested party offers to click on the links ”.
Coffee scams are on the rise
Scams don’t just show up when you want to sell online. Scammers send random emails to the French in hopes that some of them will fall into the trap. The goal is simple: to go through an official and serious organization, such as the Caf. They browse the news, like the inflation bonus, and offer something even better, like a bonus (which has never been said) of 387 euros.
This scam, like so many others, is especially well-combined. The email sent looks like an email that Caf might send you. But the latter will never ask you to fill out a form with bank details to receive a bonus. No action required.
Therefore, the Caf has wanted to make things clear to prevent the French from being deceived: ” A fake Caf email invites you to fill out a form to receive compensation for inflation. Do not click on the link, it is a scam attempt aimed at your personal information“.
If you have any questions, don’t click the email body link. Go directly to your Caf account on the official website and find out if a similar message appears. If you do not find anything, if you are not asked for any information, you are facing a scam.
Finally, you can call a Caf advisor. They know exactly what a scam is, they will ask you to delete the email immediately. Following these few tips, you undermine the strategy of scammers, who trust their victims to act without thinking by showing blind trust in an official and well-known organization.