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Phishing

Verified 30 novembre 2020 - Directorate for Legal and Administrative Information (Prime Minister)

The phishing or phishing is a form of fraud that takes place on the internet. It consists in recovering your personal data by deception, and then using it in a malicious way, for example to make purchases. If you receive an email from a sender who pretends to be an official or familiar organization (bank, taxes, Caf) and who wants to have access to your personal data on the internet you must refuse. If you have already agreed, you must file a complaint.

You receive an email that seems to come from a familiar site or official agency (bank, tax, cif, ameli).

This email is deliberately alarmist. For example, an account that is soon to expire, a package received, or a refund that you must receive.

You are prompted to click on a page to fill in your personal data. This data will then be retrieved by the phishing (or phishing) author who will use it to make purchases or banking.

No administration or company asks for your bank data or password.

Do not reply to the email or click on the link in the message.

You can report a phishing attempt on the Phishing Initiative. This report will feed the reference databases of the main browsers to block access to these sites.

Report a phishing site

Ministry of the Interior

You can also report phishing to the police on the website (Pharos).

Report illegal internet content (internet-flagging: Pharos

Ministry of the Interior

Finally, you can also contact Info Scams.

Who shall I contact
  • Scam Info

    By phone

    0 805 805 817

    Monday to Friday from 9am to 6.30pm.

    Green number (free call from the UK).

  • Install anti-spam software
  • Be vigilant if you receive an email that asks you for urgent action
  • Manually enter the site address (URL) in the browser