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French banking authority warns on fake bank websites

Fake online banking sites are becoming more common, a French authority has said, with the public warned to be alert to scams and fake URLs.

Fake online banking or money saving sites may have URLs or page designs that appear official or normal, but are in fact often portals to scams and fraud, according to independent banking authority l’Autorité de Contrôle Prudentiel et de Résolution (ACPR).

These sites may ask you to put in your personal banking details and data, which they may later use to defraud you.

The ACPR has a “black list” of addresses that may appear similar to other French online sites - although it says that it should not be considered an exhaustive list.

The authority advises online banking users to check the URL and appearance of any banking or savings websites carefully before entering any personal details.

Users can also check that the website being used appears on the register of agreed financial agents on the ORIAS site, which manages this list (Organisme chargé de tenir le Registre des Intermédiaires en Assurance ou en banque).

Anyone who believes they have been a victim of fraud, can report it to the Republic prosecutor (“procureur de la République” in French), by sending a letting to the local high court (“tribunal de grande instance”; TGI).

Victims can also contact the fraud office la DGCCRF (Direction Départementale de Concurrence, de la Consommation et de la Répression des Fraudes) on the phone number 39 39; call Info Escroquerie on 08 11 02 02 17, or on the website of the interior minister.

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