DISTRUST – Many French people have been revived multiple times in recent months in order to use their personal training account (CPF). Behind these text messages and calls, a scam aimed at stealing the balance present on this virtual account.
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You ended up cracking after many phone calls? Phone calls and messages urging employees to use their training balance have been increasing for several months. At the other end of the line, a person who swears to work with the body of the Personal Training Account (CPF).
The objective of the maneuver for these scammers, to obtain your access codes to the official state platform. Then they empty the balance of money by enrolling in fake trainings. Since 2019, 14,300 people have been victims of this scam representing damage of 16 million euros. Behind this scam, fake companies created for the occasion. Then they use call centers to contact you. Your number was purchased online on specialized sites or on social networks.
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“In these messages, it is only about the CPF, you must already be wary”, explains François Longérinas of the National Union of Training Organizations. Especially since in the calls and SMS aimed at stealing your training balance, the pressure of the expiry of your rights does not exist. “In reality, the CPF is valid for your entire career”, recalls the specialist in the TF1 20H survey at the top of this article.
In fact, scammers are taking advantage of a reform dating from November 2019 to mislead you. That year, the individual right to training (DIF) gave way to the famous CPF. During this change, action on your part was necessary to keep these training days gained a few years earlier.
“The conditions of access to the platform for training organizations have been strengthened. As soon as an organization gets bad reviews, we will check its practices”, assures Laurent Durain, director of vocational training at Caisse des Dépôts. A law prohibiting cold calling with regard to training could be voted on soon.
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