The license plate scam is a scam originating in the United Kingdom that has just crossed the Channel to land in France. The cases deplored in France would be more and more numerous. The argus informs you about this practice and the means to effectively guard against it.
Unfortunately, the scams are as numerous and varied as the methods used by ever more imaginative criminals. The license plate scam is one of the most basic since it is based on a simple phone call. Vigilance is required here if you are told about a collision and the payment of a sum of money in order to avoid a complaint for hit and run… This telephone scam from the United Kingdom is increasingly of victims in France.
A mysterious phone call after an imaginary collision
How to spot this scam?
The scammer does not always hide his phone number. It is therefore not a criterion for detecting this scam. Other elements, on the other hand, make it possible toconfuse an ill-intentioned interlocutor:
- The latter systematically justifies his call by the communication of the victim’s telephone number by the Prefecture, which is strictly impossible as mentioned above.
- The criminal never gives details of the place and time of the accident, information likely to discredit him on the spot…
- He is reluctant to provide an identity and precise contact details in return for the information requested from the victim to achieve his ends.
So many clues that point to a scam only intended to extract funds from the person who receives this incongruous call.
How to react if this happens to you?
Caution is the watchword to avoid falling into the trap. You should never communicate personal information to an unknown third party. License plate, card or bank account number, marital status details, login codes should therefore never be divulged lightly over the phone.
If at the end of this type of call a payment occurs or if information allowing a payment is communicated, it is recommended to act quickly by contacting your bank to oppose. It is also necessary to file a complaint without delay by providing a maximum of factual information to allow the investigators to direct their research.
It exists a Thesee platform for victims of online crime. If the license plate scam is not a scam practiced on the web itself, it would seem that it can be denounced to the authorities by this means. In any case, an online pre-complaint is always possible, but you will then have to go to sign the complaint at the police station or at the gendarmerie brigade of your choice.
However, the chances of finding the author of the malicious call are minimal, as the scammers use prepaid SIM cards that do not allow the identification of their holder. The best way to prevent this scam from spreading is still to talk about it with those around you. Because the success of a scam is largely based on the ignorance of those who are victims.