Phishing: Fraudsters disguise themselves as a trustworthy entity in order to obtain sensitive information

“Why would your bank ask you for information that it already has? ”

Obtaining sensitive information by posing as a trustworthy entity, such as a bank, local government authority, telephone operator, etc.

Most commonly, fraudsters send an email to a huge number of internet users. The alarming nature of the message will persuade some recipients to connect to a bogus website and input their information.

Hone your reflexes: what to do if you receive a suspect email

Be aware of the signs to look out for: inconsistent sender email address, grammar or spelling mistakes or typos, a link or site without a full URL:

  • Do not click on the links
  • Do not open attachments
  • Do not reply

Remember that a company will never ask you for information that it already has (e.g. in the case of a bank, your bank account number).

  • Limit the information you disclose (social media, websites, standard letter templates, signature, etc.).

Be wary of any unusual request and trust your instincts: if a request seems suspicious, it probably is!

  • Verify the legitimacy of any such request, by calling a number provided previously.

If the Societe Generale name is being used fraudulently, forward the email to securite@societegenerale.fr