Attention! Scammers are constantly finding new ways to scam you. After using CFP, the vital card scam, they are now facing the Crit’Air sticker. With the same scam technique, phishing, they are ready to do anything steal your personal information.
Why do they use Crit’Air adhesive?
In a low-mobility area, adhesive is essential. You should know that road transport is one of the activities that pollute the environment the most. It is by acknowledging this fact that the government has instituted the Crit’Air sticker. It aims to reduce air pollution and favor the least polluting vehicle.
All types of vehicles are affected by this air quality certificate, the vignette. Be it two or three wheels, passenger cars, trucks or quadricycles. Certificates they are numbered from 0 to 5, from least to most polluting. Zero for electric or hydrogen vehicles that do not emit greenhouse gases and 5 for thermal ones.
After the CPF and the Vitale card, the new trendy scam concerns the Crit’Air sticker https://t.co/0d0tSyOCxG
– Bank Transfer (@wireBank) 1 October 2022
In the absence of such a certificate in a low-emission location, a penalty has been imposed. It is on this side that the scammers exploited to defraud their target.
Their mode of use
Knowing what time they are required, the scammers then send a message encourage people to access a link.
“Our agents found that you did not have the regulatory sticker, please retrieve it via: https://critair-circulation.fr”.
The site looks like two drops of water to that of the government. The color of the logo blue and white as well as the text of the law. However, be careful, because it’s just a good copy from scammers to get what they want: your information. Once you arrive on the site, they will inform you that the sticker is mandatory. They would therefore recommend ordering some as soon as possible.
The message accompanied by a sense of urgency is the perch that scams use to finish. If you took the bait, they will ask you for your personal information : surname, name, number and bank identity. When they obtain your personal data, especially your banking identity, they make fraudulent payments in your name.
You may have received an SMS reporting a problem with your vehicle’s Crit’air sticker – ignore it, it’s a phishing attempt. https://t.co/LzHVWxj6js
– Club (@club) September 30, 2022
How does phishing work?
With technology, this new type of scam now it is in fashion. This is called phishing or “phishing”. Scammers aim to get your confidential information. His name is well chosen, because he consists in giving a hook to the prey. If the latter have taken the bait, they will fall into the trap.
To do this, scammers they often pose as customer banking services, telephone operators or even the police. In some cases, they call you directly and troubleshoot so that you have fallen into his trap. In other cases, like this thumbnail, they send a message or email asking you to click on a link.
Afterwards, they will ask you for your confidential data if you took the bait. It must be said that they are professionals. This can be seen in the way they create these sites or in the way they call their prey. We give you some useful tips to avoid this type of scam.
Tips to avoid being scammed
The first thing to do is never reply to the message or fraudulent email. Immediately contact the administration concerned, once you have received this type of message. For example, if you are a bank assistant, call your bank directly to confirm.
Never give out your personal information via text or call. You should also know that no administration requests this data by SMS or phone call. Do not click the link in the email or message. Keep in mind that a government site always ends with “.gouv.fr”.
Finally, here are some ways to report these bad guys. In case of a message, report the number by sending a message to 33 700. For the email, report it to the competent services. To avoid the sticker scam, if you want to order, the only site is this: www.certificat-air.gouv.fr/.
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– Nice-Matin (@Nice_Matin) December 18, 2016