Beware of this Crit’Air pollution sticker scam!

News hardware Beware of this Crit’Air pollution sticker scam!

Fake SMS scams are constantly renewed and it is now the turn of Crit’Air pollution stickers to find themselves victims in the turmoil. These vignettes to stick on the windshield of his car are a real gold mine for scammers.

Fraudulent SMS for Crit’Air vignettes

This is a new scam that seems innocuous and can ultimately cost you dearly. Text messages with a so-called request for information are sent to you and the goal is to extract as much information as possible.

The message is often the same and is composed as follows:
“CRIT’AIR: Our agents have found that you did not have the regulatory sticker, please retrieve it by completing the form below” A link then takes you to a web page, using the Crit’Air logo and with looks like an official site. Except that addresses often don’t end in .pro or .com. The official site ends, like all government sites in France, with .gouv.fr. The correct domain name is therefore:
https://www.certificat-air.gouv.fr/

The site is aware of this upsurge in pollution sticker scams. You can read on the home page:

Beware of scams: the official Crit’Air website of the ministry does not send SMS messages to users to buy vignettes. Be vigilant and make sure you are on the correct address of the official site

What do we risk by clicking on the link?

The first thing you need to know is never to click on the links sent by SMS. If you receive one, do not hesitate to go through your personal space of the service which supposedly wishes to contact you. This scam is very well known at Chronopost, the CPF account or even the Post Office.

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Scammers impersonate official sites to force you to enter information and make you pay. By clicking on the SMS of the Crit’Air sticker, the site redirects you to a form. This asks you, for example, to enter your telephone number, your address, your license plate, etc. You must then pay the sum of 2.95 euros. For information the real price is 3.11 euros in addition to the postage of 0.59 euro, i.e. 3.70 euros in total. This rate applies to French vehicles. For foreign vehicles, the rate is €4.51because of the more expensive postage.

The 2.50 euros they take from you are not really the main reason for the scam. Your personal data, such as your contact details or your address, is much more valuable than the stolen 2.50 euros. While this may seem trivial at first glance, personal data theft can lead to targeted scamseven more convincing and based on your preferences or location.

Our colleagues from Numerama managed to get an answer from the Minister of Ecological Transition. He thus recalls the official domain name, as well as the reporting method : “When we are informed of malicious sites, these sites are then blocked and a report can also be made to the public prosecutor.”

The problem with these fraudulent sites is that they are not dependent on their address. That is to say that the domain name will be banned, but all you have to do is create another one and relaunch the site identically. It is for this reason that the links in SMS can change from one message to another.

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The main thing to remember is not to click on the SMS, especially when you are told that it comes from an official organization. Go to the official website who is the source of the message. You can also contact an advisor for more information.

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