False transfer orders. Hundreds of millions of euros are disappearing from the coffers of companies that are victims of the President’s Scam.
How it works
An unscheduled, urgent and confidential request for an international transfer
Attitudes and behaviour
Any change of telephone or e-mail address. Beware: the communication of a new number with a French code is not a guarantee.
Direct contact from a scammer posing as a company member or manager who will use flattery or threats to manipulate the caller.
An abundance of details about the company and its environment: personal data about the company director, his employees, etc. The aim of the fraudster is to establish his credibility and usurp a position.
In case of doubt
In case of doubt, contact the person within the company directly, either physically or with the contact details known to the company
What to do in case of an attack?
Immediately ask the bank to return the funds
File a complaint with the police and gendarmerie, providing as much information as possible.
Filing a complaint quickly will optimise the chances of recovering the defrauded funds.
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The so-called “SEPA” scams are carried out in the context of the harmonisation of payment methods in the euro zone. A bank employee offers to test a financial transaction that will not actually be fictitious to a financial manager.
Also, the false transfer requested by e-mail is back in fashion. After the EDF payment orders, it is now fake tax services that are suing individuals and companies alike!
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