Be careful, scammers pose as agents of the Var prefecture

If, on the other end of the line, a person shows up working on the prefecture du Var, and asks you to pay something, be careful, this is a fraudalert TF1, Friday September 23. According to our colleagues who quote a press release from the Var prefecture, the modus operandi would always be the same. On the phone, the caller pretends to be an official from the prefecture of this Department. I would propose speeding up a process in progress, such as that for obtaining an identity document or a passport, by paying by credit card. The prefecture reminds you that it will never ask you to pay a sum so that you have priority. At the moment, it is unknown if the victims are numerous and what sums would have been embezzled. No message had been published on this subject, on Saturday, September 24 in the middle of the afternoon, on the platform.

It is not uncommon for scammers to pose as government officials to gain the trust of their victims and extort information or money from them. Last July, people claimed to be acting for the Ministry of Health or the ANSM to retrieve Ameli’s identifiers by phone, in order to restore France Connect accounts. In May, it was the General Directorate of Competition, Consumption and Fraud Repression that had its identity usurped, with criminals who presented themselves as agents of repression (…)

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