How to protect yourself against online scams

Follow these tips to spot and avoid fraud online

13 Dec 2023

In 2022 the annual cost of cyber-crime in France was an estimated 62 billion euros – and is growing each year.  Protecting yourself online has never been more important; so we are sharing these six tips to help you spot internet fraudsters.

§  Be cautious with your personal information: Never share sensitive information such as passwords or bank details via email or suspicious websites.

§  Think carefully before ordering on websites you are not familiar with; or buying from individuals you do not know. Check that websites are secure (https://). Fraudsters similarly target popular social media sellers’ pages. Use with care.

  • Do your research: Check reviews, verify the legitimacy of the website, and use secure payment methods when shopping online (e.g. Paypal).
  • Recognise those phishing online: Sometimes they are easy to spot – grammatical errors, urgent request for action etc; often they are not.
  • Enable two-factor authentication (2FA): Add an extra layer of security to your accounts by enabling 2FA wherever possible. Banks use this type of protection, and you can also activate it for other digital apps such as for social media platforms.
  • Avoid use of public Wi-Fi: Cyber-criminals often use these connections to try to hack accounts connected to public Wi-Fi networks. Use a VPN to encrypt your connection.

Our final tip?

Open an account with AXA Bank.

Use a virtual card number to make online purchases in complete confidence, without having to give your bank card number.

✅ Carry out your transactions with peace of mind

✅ Control your budget

✅ Organise your spending

🎄As the festive season approaches, contact us to order your free virtual card today.

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