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Surcharged numbers: 6 sentences to unmask scammers

Premium rate number scams are rampant, and some are particularly misleading. Indeed, it is common to find yourself faced with this kind of situation which is sometimes difficult to identify.

If you get a hung up call before you can even answer, that could be a sign. It may be accompanied by a message inviting you to call back a number which is actually surcharged.

Similarly, text messages sometimes have a similar purpose. They want to trick their potential victims into calling a number in order to extract money from them.

Fortunately, French law regulates premium rate calls to minimize the risk of scams and scams that are spreading like wildfire.

According to the Directorate General for Competition, Consumer Affairs and Fraud Prevention (DGCCRF), only certain number formats are likely to be surcharged:

It is therefore in the face of these precise numbers that you must be particularly vigilant. If receiving a call can not incur any costs, calling back can very quickly become expensive.

If you have any doubts about the call or the number you received, it is best to go to the website of the reverse directory of premium rate numbers www.infosva.org. It allows you to verify a number by obtaining information on the rate applicable in the event of a call. It also gives information on the company using the number and the nature of the service provided.

If you detect a scam or an unfair practice, it is possible to report it directly on this site. The techniques of scammers are multiple, but some are common and can therefore be detected. Here are six sentences that should put you in the ear.

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