the list of sites to avoid
Livret A, life insurance… Investments are on the rise. Scammers take advantage of this to try to scam as many people as possible using fake sites.
Let your money sit for a while so it can pay off big after a few years of patience. The promise is enticing and that is surely why many people have been taken in by these investments troughs relayed on fake sites. On the Internet, web pages are springing up, promoting savings “services” to Internet users who trust photos and customer testimonials. But, of course, it’s all wrong.
“Their modus operandi is fairly constant: they lure the customer in with false promises,” explain At Parisian Grégoire Vuarlot, Director of Control of Commercial Practices at the Prudential Control and Resolution Authority (ACPR).
Fake savings sites put forward by Google
As the newspaper recalls, 1200 fraudulent sites of this type were identified in 2022 and blacklisted by the Banque de France and the ACPR. During the first quarter of 2023, 338 new sites were added. But why do these kinds of sites appear on your search engine? “They pay Google like any advertiser, to benefit from a better referencing. Their site is displayed at the top of the results with the mention ‘sponsored’, alongside reputable establishments »explains Élodie Toustou, journalist at the magazine 60 Million consumers.
Over the course of her investigation, she was able to speak with victims of these sites which market fake savings books, some of whom lost all their savings ! “They thought these sites were trustworthy when they are not”adds our colleague.
To lure their future victims, scammers do not hesitate to surf on the latest trends such as “green” investment and promise mountains and wonders. Worse, some use the identity of real banks like Revolut, Lydia or Banque Palatine. “In general, the money disappears very quickly. When it comes to savings, there is no rush to invest your money. Take the time to reflect. An offer that is too attractive is very likely to be unrealistic”advises Grégoire Vuarlot.
The blacklist of fake savings sites drawn up by the Banque de France
The list below is that of the AMF and the Banque de France and cannot be exhaustive. New players appear regularly and sites can evolve very quickly. If the name of an entity or site does not appear on the lists, this does not mean that it is authorized to offer banking products or services, insurance contracts or financial products in France.
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Feel free to check the gate Abe-Infoservice regularly and to use the search tool in case of doubt. If you are a victim of this scam, file a complaint as soon as possible and report it on the website www.internetsignalement.gouv.fr.