This week, one of our clients alerted us to an email he had received, purportedly sent from the Améli account of l’Assurance Maladie, informing him that his Carte Vitale will be obsolete next year and urging him to order his new card now.
Not one word of it was true.
Below is the email he received:
A quick check with the French authorities confirmed that this is a particularly clever attempt by fraudsters to dupe people to share their account details, including their address and bank card.
The email itself was well put together, with none of the usual tell-tale grammatical errors or spelling mistakes that signal a blatant attempt at phishing. The only clue that this isn’t from Améli can be found at the top of the email where the sender’s address reads no-reply@extreme-cargo-com.
Fortunately, our client called us before he clicked the ‘Access my account’ button and filled out his information, so no harm was done, but please be on the lookout for any similar emails and always feel free to contact us if you’re not sure.
Falling for a scam as compelling as this won’t harm you physically, but it could be very bad for your financial health.
And that’s the last thing the real Améli would want.
French Connections HCB Team