Cyber-criminals are attempting to steal credentials from French companies and consumers, yet the campaign is falsely attributed to the Bank of France.
According to the Bank of France, people have been receiving emails with fake bills, reports of bank accounts being frozen and granted loans in an attempt to trick them into handing over account numbers and other sensitive data.
Hackers operating the phishing campaign are using the Bank's name and logo in addition to phone numbers and email addresses to make their fake emails appear legitimate. The fake emails redirect victims to a malicious website requesting them to input bank details and download malicious files.
The bank has warned people against providing sensitive data online or over the phone.
A Google translated version of the bank's statement read: “The Banque de France alerts the public about the resurgence of data theft attempts, fraudulently using its name and targeting companies and individuals under the most diverse pretexts.”
The Bank of France calls for the “greatest alertness” from the public.
It is unknown if the attacks have any connection to the recent political hacking campaign targeted at French president Emmanuel Macron's political party.