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Online fraud

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You buy a product on a site much cheaper than the official site, the product has rough finishes, and the seller is unreachable. You are then a victim of counterfeiting.

[Translate to English:] Tablettes de médicaments

Counterfeit medicines

You buy a prescription medicine on a site that does not require a prescription from you? Be aware that they might be selling falsified medicine, containing too much, too little or no active ingredient or even harmful ingredients.

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Renting an Apartment

An unbelievably-priced apartment in a European capital has popped up in your search for a place to live.

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Purchasing a car

You’re looking for a car to buy on a classified advertisements website, and you stumble upon a great offer.

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False Administrative Websites

You signed up for a foreign website which will complete administrative procedures for you, but soon after you realise that the French administration offers these services for free.

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Have you just seen your favorite clothing brand being sold online at an unbelievable price? Beware of this bargain!

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Video game consoles, tablets, smartphones, flat screen TVs, digital photo displays… at cheap prices? Beware of this so-called bargain!

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Subscription traps

You happen to come across an advertisement praising the effects of a beauty product, or offering you a free sample of a weight-loss pill, or offering a smartphone for only €1. Be careful!

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You’ve received an official-looking email asking for your bank information. Do not fall into the trap !

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Fake donors

Just like Santa Claus, generous companies who contact you offering products without you having ever asked for or purchased anything from them don’t exist!

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PC virus

Ransomware, USB key found, WiFi network trapped, clickable link, infected attachments... Cyber crooks have no shortage of imagination when it comes to infecting your devices and stealing your information or blocking your access to it.

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Internet hacking

Advertising messages asking for financial aid are sent from your email address or posted on a social network via your profile. You are a victim of hacking!

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Credit/debit card fraud

You notice on your bank account that there are several payments to a foreign business that you did not make. Your credit/debit card information has been stolen.

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Missed calls

You missed a call or an SMS from an unknown number, and so you decide to contact it back.

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Investment offers

You come across an offer for credit or a bank investment, but it was fraudulent.

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You receive a sudden email that says you are the inheritor of a wealthy foreign individual, or that you have somehow won a Spanish lottery, etc.

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Virtual money investments

You have invested money in a crypto-currency, but when you ask to get money back from your investment your financial advisor does not respond to you. You are a victim of an investment fraud!

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Business directory

You have signed up to be included in a professional directory and a company asks you for money – welcome to the trap of business directories!

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In search of love on the internet

Fraudsters create fake profiles on online dating or meet-up websites to extort money from unknowing victims.

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