Identity paper scam: how to spot the scammers?


Scammers are everywhere you don’t expect them. This is why they are sometimes so difficult to spot. Their schemes are always smarter and better developed so that as many people as possible fall into their traps.

For this reason, it is important to always be on the lookout and to be suspicious when dealing with a stranger, especially when it comes to money. Because, it is well known, scammers like to hit where it hurts: the wallet.

To achieve their ends, this time they used a problem faced by many French people. Indeed, whether it is when going on vacation or not, it is necessary to do, or redo, your identity papers regularly. However, the delays can sometimes drag on, to the great displeasure of the persons concerned.

According to the Foundation for Research on Public Administrations and Policies (Ifrap), the waiting time to obtain a new identity document and generally generally ranges from 2 to 7 months.

For scammers, this represents a real boon because many people are looking for ways to obtain their identity papers more quickly. Thus, through social networks, scammers pretend to be agents of the National Agency for Secure Titles (ANTS) and offer to shorten the time required to obtain passports or identity cards for money, reports Femina.

The thugs extorted up to 200 euros from some victims. Fortunately, for the deputy director of the ANTS Pascale Sauvage, it is possible to easily differentiate the real agents from the fake ones. “The members of the ANTS do not work on social networks. Those who offer to speed up (your file) in a paid way are necessarily crooks.”, she explained at 8 p.m. on TF1.