Increase in online scams: Protect yourself!

Fraudsters never lack imagination. They’re constantly developing new techniques and scams!  After the wave of crypto-currencies fraud, discover the new types of fake investments and cheque deposit scams fraudsters are trying now, often after making contact on social media.

False investments

Fraudsters are always inventing false investments and will make their fraudulent offers credible by stealing the identities of establishments in order to overcome even more vigilant people:

• Investment in a cow herd to support agricultural livestock, 

• Diversification of your assets into wine or spirits,

• Placing funds in fake "boosted" savings books or in new cryptocurrencies, 

• And the evergreen classic: a real estate loan at an unbeatable rate. 

These false investments are constantly evolving, so this list is unfortunately not exhaustive...

Cheque delivery scams following contact via social networks

Fraudsters will also try to lure you through social networks such as Instagram©, Facebook© or Snapchat©. 

 After contacting you on social networks and gaining your trust, they will ask you to deposit cheques into your account in exchange for financial compensation.

• Following the handing over of the cheques, they ask you to transfer the funds by transfer to different beneficiaries,

• Unfortunately, the cheques will come back unpaid and the money transferred to the beneficiaries will be lost.

Warning: In addition to financial loss, this type of scam can expose you to possible prosecution for fraud!

How to spot fraud

The golden rule is to remember that if something seems too good to be true, it probably is, so you should always be suspicious of an overly attractive offer. Here are some more warning signs you should watch out for:

• The fraudster communicates only by email or telephone, and very rarely meets in person. 

• The fraudster may request personal documents or confidential information (such as identity cards, passport, bank details and even your banking ID/password,

• The fraudster may ask you to deposit one or more cheques and then ask you to make a money transfer.

What to do if you have suspicions

• Consult the blacklist of fraudulent investment sites, 

• When you are allegedly contacted on behalf of a known financial institution, check to see if the offer really exists by visiting an agency or by contacting an official telephone number (and not the one mentioned on the fraudulent offer),

• Do not communicate any confidential documents or information by email, telephone or mail, 

• Do not deposit cheques on behalf of strangers or provide your bank details to them

• Never perform any money transfers at the request of strangers! 

For more information, please visit our Security page. 

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