The French victims of massive scams "via" their mobile phone

SMS phishing is on the rise.

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Text by: Dominique Desaunay Follow

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At this end of year period, many French people are complaining about receiving an avalanche of fraudulent calls and torrents of malicious SMS on their mobile.

This surge in scams perpetrated by mobile is one of the consequences of the health crisis which has radically changed our uses of digital technology.

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It is a sad observation, the Covid-19 pandemic has been a real boon this year for the scammers who have multiplied the frauds by hacking or retrieving the numbers of our

smartphones

on the Web

. The

proliferation of malicious SMS and fraudulent voice calls is at its height! And in particular the famous parcel scam with a proliferation of fake text messages which are currently experiencing an upturn in activity at the end of the year 2021, which is conducive to online shopping.

But cybercriminals are also after the personal training account. This online platform set up by the government allowing any employee to follow qualifying or certifying training is a prime target for hackers, warns Jean-Jacques Latour, expert in charge of

the government site Cybermalveillance.fr

, whose mission, since 2015, is to provide assistance to victims of online scams whether perpetrated on computers or mobile phones. 

Our primary mission is prevention, which means making sure people understand the various threats to their digital systems. But it is also to provide assistance to victims by giving them all the right guidance and advice to be able to cope with them. Today your mobile number, you gave it to many people, to many websites and these numbers circulate from file to file which sometimes can fall into the wrong hands.

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We have noticed in recent years that SMS phishing, which is a fraudulent technique intended to deceive Internet users into communicating their data, is growing strongly.

The parcel delivery scam too.

Frauds to hack your personal training account are increasing.

A recurring phenomenon identified from the year 2020 with the reports of many people whose accounts had been looted by thugs who pretended to be agents of the Pôle Emploi, the Ministry of Labor or the Caisse des Dépôts group ... The public reacted by banning, from the start of 2022, all forms of telephone calls or SMS solicitations relating to the CPF.

Jean-Jacques Latour, expertise manager of the Cybermalveillance.fr site

Mobile phones have thus become the preferred targets of cybercriminals: 60% of fraud is currently carried out through

smartphones

and most of it is carried out from the country in which the victims of these embezzlements reside.

Some of the modus operandi employed by cybercriminals are particularly sophisticated and virtually undetectable.

Spyware slips into your

smartphone

and siphons off all your confidential data, your passwords and your address book in order to then carry out fraudulent attacks on the mobile phones of your contacts.

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