Parking Ticket Fraud: Beware of this increasingly widespread scam

Parking Ticket Fraud: Beware of this increasingly widespread scam

Reported for several months in France, the scam claiming late payment of a parking ticket is gaining momentum. The National Agency for Automated Crime Processing (ANTAI) warns about this SMS scam and the means to protect yourself against it.

A proven technique for extracting personal information from victims. For several months, a scam in France has made headlines, claiming that a parking ticket was paid late. To the point that the National Agency for Automated Crime Processing (ANTAI) warns about this scam on their website via SMS.

The deceptive message, equated to phishing, aims to “steal personal or professional information (accounts, passwords, banking information, etc.). In detail, it contains the alleged amount of the fine, the file number and the link to the fraud violation file.

How to protect yourself from the PV scam?

The ANTAI government site ensures that “no administration will ask you for your bank details or your passwords by email or phone”.

The only text messages received during the payment of a fine relate to “verbalization by a field law enforcement officer.” The message received in the presence of the representative must contain a link to the official website www.amendes.gouv.fr. To pay a fine without risking fraud, the other option is to go to the amendes.gouv application, available on the Apple Store and Google Play.

Another piece of advice to protect against this scam is to check the spelling and wording of the SMS and monitor the sender’s phone number, which never starts with 06 or 07.

If you suspect fraud, it is recommended that you forward the suspect SMS to 33700 or go to www.cnil.fr/fr/spam-phishing-arnaques-signaler-pour-agir

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