Beware of tax scams!


Beware of tax scams!

Each year, the reporting period returning, the tax authorities warn of various fraudulent practices aimed at defrauding taxpayers. The year 2017 is no exception to the rule.

[Mis à jour le 3 mai 2017 à 10h04] “Watch out for fraudulent emails”. This alert, launched by the Directorate General of Public Finances, was sent to all those who declared last year via the Internet. If you are in this case, you have also received an email from the tax administration, informing you of the connection procedures for the online declaration service. This year again, and faced with the resurgence of fraud attempts, the DGFiP wrote the following on this email: “Beware of fraudulent e-mails! For your security, never reply to an e-mail asking for your bank details”. The tax authorities note each year an increase in fraudulent emails, texts and calls aimed at usurping his identity and that of his agents, from taxpayers. The objective of the impostor? Recover some of your personal data, including your bank details, by a process now well known: the “phishing“(or phishing).

The declaration period helps, the fraudsters pretend to be the taxman and send you a message promising you a refund ofincome tax, if you communicate your bank details as soon as possible. The messages are sometimes very well imitated, using the form of official DGFiP emails, their name and logo. So beware of all messages asking for your bank details. “You are never asked for a credit card number for the payment of a tax or the reimbursement of a tax credit, or to complete your personal details “, reminds the tax administration, on the site impots.gouv.fr.

Another technical technique of widespread scam: “vishing” (contraction of “voice” and “phishing”, in the language of Shakespeare). The scam comes from a message you receive on your voicemail. The crooks tell you about an anomaly in your tax file, or a new tax reduction to which you are entitled and invite you to call them back as soon as possible, in order to benefit from the advantage or to avoid sanctions. The number communicated is obviously a premium rate number.

To deal with these scams, the tax administration has published a number of practical sheets on its site and continues to warn taxpayers via information emails. It also redirects Internet users to the reporting service from the Ministry of the Interior, in order to notify any fraudulent e-mail or site. You can also report unwanted numbers by sending “spam sms” to 33 700, followed by the number concerned (you can also report it via 33 700 website). Finally, you can contact by telephone the toll free number set up by the government: 0 805 805 817.

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