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A phone scam targets Orange subscribers, here’s how to spot it

Certainly, artificial intelligence is starting to pose some problems (and offer some solutions) in terms of cybersecurity. The good old social engineering still has a very bright future ahead of it.

The proof with this new scam detected detected by the UFC-What to choose. The association is indeed worried about the growth of a scam at the premium-rate telephone number, which targets the customers of the mobile operator Orange.

On March 25, an 88-year-old Norman was stolen more than 350 euros by crooks because of this scam, which features a fake technician from Orange. The victim was asked to call back a phone number provided by a false employee of the operator. And this to “carry out checks on its line”.

“After 40 minutes spent waiting, she ended up hanging up, says the daughter of the victim, quoted by UFC-Que Choisir, but the person called her back and asked her to stay on the line. assured that everything was free. She even scared him by telling him that if she didn’t comply, they would cut her phone and television off. ” In all, having the feeling of having shod his victim well, the swindler repeats his maneuver the following days, making six calls to the octogenarian in less than 72 hours. A few days later, the victim receives an out-of-package invoice of 355 euros.

Encourage Orange subscribers to call premium rate numbers

In detail, the scam thus consists in pushing Orange subscribers to call premium rate numbers, returning to various African countries (Lesotho, Liberia, Burundi). The crooks can then “recover a part of the money invoiced thanks to the system of repayment”, specifies the UFC-Que Choisir.

Orange for its part indicates that this type of scam has tripled in recent months. The UFC-Que Choisir advises people receiving such questionable calls to contact their operator’s customer service immediately, to verify that it is not a scam.

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