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Even the police were fooled by this scam, here's what they should have checked

Scams are becoming more and more frequent and take different forms, sometimes very surprising. 10% of police officers were fooled by this new fraudulent email.

This is an anecdote reported by Le Parisien and which says a lot. In the middle of the night, a few days ago, 9,000 gendarmes received an email with a very tempting announcement in the subject line: & quot;Exclusive allocation of places for the events of the 2024 Olympic Games. The email includes the gendarmerie slogan: "Our commitment, your safety" and assures that the Ministry of the Interior wants to thank its staff by offering them places to attend the event. Olympic events. It is also precise. that they will be allocated in "order of registration". To obtain them, it is necessary to click on a link.& ;nbsp;

5000 gendarmes opened the email, including 500 who then clicked. on the link which led to a page announcing “phishing”, the link you just selected in the email was a stolen link. g&eac;", allowing them to realize their error. The next day, members of the police received a second email to explain to them that it was an “organized exercise” by the general staff of the RGIF. 100% safe and secure computer science.

10% of the gendarmes therefore fell into the trap. However, certain elements present in the email could have alerted them. For example, the sender address was "gendarmerieinterieur-gouv.fr" and not the real "gendarmerie.gouv.fr". In addition, the text contained spelling errors, notably in the name of the sender "Directorate general of the national gendarmerie" . The function of the sender of the email was also incorrect. It said: that Xavier Ducept was director general of the gendarmerie, when in reality he is boss of the gendarmes of ;Île-de-France. 

The result of this test is rather worrying since it shows that the gendarmes, who are supposed to be well informed about to scams, are also fooled by "phishing" (contraction of phreaking or "hacking" and fishing or "pêche" in English). ;onnage for so well known consisting à send emails pretending to be a company or an administration to extract data from Internet users. Enough to further strengthen vigilance among the population.

Fraudulent emails, fictitious places, the forms of scams should indeed multiply the approach of the Olympic Games. According to Le Parisien, General Ducept took advantage of this. to call &agrave again; the vigilance of the gendarmes: "Let us all be aware, the cyber threat is real and will grow further. on the occasion of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Several good practices were then implemented. communicated such as   "never communicate sensitive information by email, no administration, company " serious commercial company, will not ask you for your banking details or passwords by email or by telephone. It is also recommended "to be vigilant regarding emails coming from the Internet" and not to trust the name displayed. in the sender field, cybercriminals are specialists in identity theft.

Teilor Stone

By Teilor Stone

Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116