Fake bank adviser scam: beware of this new fraud
A well-established scam based on fake bank advisors has come to light. If nine people were indicted in Paris this Friday, March 31, vigilance must remain in the face of this fraud.
Beware of calls made by “bank advisers”, because you could well lose substantial sums. Nine people, including seven adults and two minors, were indicted this Friday, March 31 in Paris, in a case of scam which was taking place across the country. Several thousand people would have been victims of this process between January 2022 and March 2023. The damage would at this stage be estimated at several hundred thousand euros.
A well-established modus operandi
This “false bank advisors” scam was based on a well-established operating procedure, as detailed by our colleagues from the Dispatch. A 17-year-old young man was also imprisoned as part of this investigation. He is suspected of being the mastermind of this scam.
Specifically, the author of the scam contacted the victims by telephone, pretending to be a manager of the fraud department of a bank. He then announced to them that a hacking of their accounts had taken place. In order to reinforce its credibility, it presented precise information on their financial situation. The final step was to ask customers to validate a “refund notification” on their phone. The goal is to recover a payment by obtaining banking information.
According to a judicial source, the alleged perpetrators have been indicted for “organized gang scams, criminal conspiracy, money laundering, several offenses related to automated data processing systems, collection of personal data and concealment of crime”.