According to the National Printing Office (IN Groupe) observatory, 210,000 French people are affected by online identity theft each year. Added to this figure is INSEE data on phishing. As a reminder, phishing includes all scams by phone or email. Between 2018 and 2019, 49.5% of French people say they have been victims of or exposed to these techniques.

Among them, 47.7% have been affected more than three times by this type of cybercrime. Over this same period, 71.8% reported identity theft to organizations. This phenomenon therefore affects the majority of the population. It is therefore necessary to understand how they work and how to recognize these frauds.

IN Groupe specifies that two techniques are particularly used by these scammers for phishing. The first is to send you an email. To make himself credible, the scammer uses the identity of a company or an administration. Find out in our slideshow below which are the most spoofed to send you these emails. In these electronic messages, you are asked to provide your personal data such as your identifiers or your bank details.

Another technique is used: the use of fake profiles on social networks. The scammer pretends to be someone close to you, a known person or one of your suitors. He then claims a sum of money for various reasons. But, how do you protect yourself against it?

You can already pay particular attention to the spelling and syntax used. Also check the email address. Also do not click on links and delete the received message. If you are not sure, you can always contact the person or organization in question to find out if it is really them. Finally, you can learn about the most affected organizations to be more vigilant when you receive an email sent by them. You can also report fraud at the following number: 0 805 805 817.

Check out our slideshow below to learn about the eight most affected organizations.