Warning about scammers claiming to be from the French Ministry of Finance

Individuals – and especially businesses – in France are being warned of a phishing scheme in which scammers use the contact details of Ministry of Finance employees to obtain customer information.

The General Directorate of Public Finances (DGFiP), which deals with the taxation of individuals and companies, has published a declaration warning that in recent weeks there have been several cases of impersonation of Deputy Director of Public Finance, Antoine Magnant.

Scammers sent emails on his behalf and called people claiming to be him.

The DGFiP invites people likely to receive such messages to think carefully about their content, looking for clues indicating that they could be fraudulent.

These signs may include grammatical or spelling errors, or direct requests for bank details.

Emails from [email protected] should automatically be treated with suspicion. You will find the real e-mail address of your tax office on your tax notices and on impots.gouv.fr

Some phone scams use a technique called ‘spoofing’, whereby scammers show up a different number than the one actually used.

As a result, a call may appear to come from a DGFiP number (01.40.04.04.04).

If you fear you have been the target of a scam involving the DGFiP, do not respond to the email or telephone message.

The DGFiP has initiated legal proceedings to try to eradicate these scams. You can also report potential scams to spam flagwhich works in collaboration with the national police and the national data regulator CNIL in order to investigate fraud.

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