Mentioned last Tuesday June 21 by Julien Courbet in his program “It can happen to you”, the cyber scam of which a couple of octogenarians from Perpignan fell victim on March 3, 2022, revealed by lindependant.fr, would have had children. Between the end of November 2021 and the beginning of April 2022, more than forty LCL customers were also fraudulently debited in France, sometimes huge sums from their bank account. According to the first estimates, the loot already amounts to 363,000 euros.
Yvette and Maurice Chambrion, who had testified to L’Indépendant on June 12 of a scam of which they explained that they had been victims, no longer feel alone in the galley. Stolen on March 3, 2022 from 6,000 euros taken from their joint Crédit Lyonnais account via a SEPA transfer, they joined more than forty customers of the bank scammed in the same way, everywhere in France.
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Julien Courbet, the host of the program “It can happen to you”, broadcast live on RTL and M6, takes over the file. This Tuesday, June 21, he presents a first list of victims including Yvette and Maurice. Photos, towns of residence and amounts stolen from individuals scroll across the screen. The amounts involved range from 1,000 to 80,000 euros. They were all hijacked between the end of November 2021 and the beginning of April 2022. The pre-assessment of this alleged cyberattack is estimated at 363,000 euros. The host launches an appeal to all customers, potential targets of hackers. “They acted in a professional manner, they had obviously planned their move well”explains a guest expert from the magazine, who unfolds the process of the ruse.
Hackers would have acted from the Darknet
Since the Darknet, a hidden network of websites only accessible by specialized browser, it would have been enough for the crooks, according to the specialist, “to send an email adding transfer beneficiaries to the victims who did not even have to answer it so that the fraudsters recover the secret access codes to their personal banking spaces”. And the bad trick is played. Armed with the identifiers, the scammers only have to add dummy recipients of the SEPA transfers and transfer the funds thus stolen.“Sometimes they would even manage to increase the overdraft limit of an account to be able to take more money”reveals the IT speaker. For Yvette and Maurice, this mysterious character who appeared to the credit of the disputed transfer of 6,000 euros answered to the name of Giuseppe Rico. Totally unknown to the couple.
“This is why the banking establishment responds to its cheated customers that they have given their codes. The argument also means that the responsibility of the bank is not engaged. However, it must prove the gross negligence of the complainants or the Reimbursement is the law”explains a lawyer on set. According to the very principle of his program, Julien Courbet therefore invites LCL to provide explanations. The response fuses. “Each file will be re-analyzed by our services”says a spokesperson to the presenter who immediately sends the complaint forms of these viewers. To be continued in the next episode.