Phishing: Fraudsters disguise themselves as a trustworthy entity in order to obtain sensitive information
“Why would your bank ask you for information that it already has? ”
Obtaining sensitive information by posing as a trustworthy entity, such as a bank, local government authority, telephone operator, etc.
Most commonly, fraudsters send an email to a huge number of internet users. The alarming nature of the message will persuade some recipients to connect to a bogus website and input their information.
Hone your reflexes: what to do if you receive a suspect email
Be aware of the signs to look out for: inconsistent sender email address, grammar or spelling mistakes or typos, a link or site without a full URL:
- Do not click on the links
- Do not open attachments
- Do not reply
Remember that a company will never ask you for information that it already has (e.g. in the case of a bank, your bank account number).
- Limit the information you disclose (social media, websites, standard letter templates, signature, etc.).
Be wary of any unusual request and trust your instincts: if a request seems suspicious, it probably is!
- Verify the legitimacy of any such request, by calling a number provided previously.
If the Societe Generale name is being used fraudulently, forward the email to email@example.com