35% of French adults admit to having already been victims of online scams, a phenomenon highlighted recently by the film The Tinder Scammer and the series Inventing Anna aired on Netflix, which show the level of sophistication achieved by the subterfuges used is achieved. A survey published by Avast, a global specialist in digital security and online privacy solutions, also shows that 18% of French people have already been the victim of a love scam, in which a scammer poses as a potential lover for their own financial gain. The poll was conducted by OnePoll between March 11 and March 15, 2022 among 2,000 adults. While almost a quarter (22%) of the panel has already been asked to give money to someone they only met online, 4% eventually went to checkout.
Similarly, nearly a third (31%) have been asked for a money transfer by someone they thought they knew, but ended up assuming a false identity. Scammers most commonly pretended to be services like Netflix and Amazon (13%), 45% a friend of their victim and 4% of the panel even believed it was their husband or wife.
Analysis of responses from 2,000 adults surveyed showed that nearly 7 in 10 people (69%) understand how easy it is to be scammed; Two-thirds (66%) think it’s much easier to fall into an online trap than it was 5 years ago.
Almost the entire panel (91%) agrees that online fraud has become significantly more sophisticated, with the most cited reasons being the availability of more advanced technologies (54%), the ability to easily hide their online identity (38%) and Excessive sharing of personal information online (56%), making data subjects prime prey for scammers.
The survey also shows that email (73%) is the top targeting channel used by scammers, followed by SMS (37%) and social media (24%). Of all the targeted individuals, almost a third (28%) have been the victim of a scam in one way or another, while 53% of French fear that one day they will be tricked and scammed, which would “upset them” and they would feel in their feel “stupid” in their own words.
” Unfortunately, we were hardly surprised that more than half of the French fear being scammed online. The reality is that online scammers have no qualms and try to exploit certain emotions, events or circumstances to extort money from third parties. says Jaya Baloo, Head of Information Systems Security at Avast. ” As the subterfuges used become more sophisticated, we urge everyone to think twice before giving out personal information online or clicking on links that may have been tricked by scammers impersonating someone else. We want to empower people with the tools and knowledge to stay safe and enjoy their digital freedom online.. »
Nonetheless, recent resounding events have prompted the population to reconsider what they publish online: 95% of French respondents think it is important for the public to be better informed in order to remotely detect an attempted scam and 93% of people limit the security of the information they provide already sharing online for fear of being scammed online.
Avast (LSE:AVST), a FTSE 100 company, is a global leader in online security and privacy products. It actively protects more than 435 million users on the Internet from computer threats and those that grow from connected objects under the Avast and AVG brands. Its threat detection networks are among the most advanced in the world, using machine learning and artificial intelligence to detect and mitigate threats in real time. Avast solutions for computers, Macs and smartphones have received numerous awards and certifications, including from VB100, AV-Comparatives, AV-Test or Se Labs. Avast is also a member of the Coalition against Stalkerware, No More Ransom, and the Internet Watch Foundation.