beware of this message scam that promises you a payment
Scams are on the rise, and the Family Allowance Fund (Caf) is no exception. This Tuesday, March 21, the public service alerted to scams by SMS and email.
Digital tools are the vector of many scams. Among them, text messages and emails relating directly to aid from the Family Allowance Fund (Cif). This Tuesday, March 21, the public service wanted to alert potential victims of these scams: “False messages of ‘optional bonus’ or ‘new bonus’ have been circulating on the Internet lately. Intended to lure consumers to fake pages in order to gain audience or impersonate their accounts, this information has no legitimacy“he informs in a press release.
The utility goes on to point out that “these last weeks, [la Caf] made no announcements of new aid or bonuses“. Indeed, the last new aid dates back to the end of 2022, when the beneficiaries of certain social minima and precarious workers were able to receive the inflation bonus, amounting to 100 euros. People who want to know what rights they enjoy have only one way to get information: their “My account” space on the Caf website. “The site allows you to check and if necessary correct your profile information as well as simulate your rights and apply for family and social benefits”recalls the press release.
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How to avoid scams?
Some reflexes exist to avoid being trapped, such as check the format of the email address who sends the message and observe the spelling and wording of the SMS or email. For example, “the URLs of public sites always end with ‘.gouv.fr’ or ‘.fr’ and never with ‘.gouv.org’ or ‘.gouv.com'”. It is also strongly advised against disclosing bank details and passwords. People who have been scammed can contact the Directorate General for Competition, Consumer Affairs and Fraud Prevention (DGCCRF) or report abuse on the Signal Conso websiteby selecting the “Administrative procedures” category.