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Five tips to avoid pitfalls in your administrative procedures – Online procedures: the hassle

For a passport, a gray card or even APL, it is now almost impossible to apply without a computer. A real obstacle for some, especially for the elderly, as Claire Hédon analyzes in a report published on Tuesday February 15.

And even for those more comfortable, not always easy to distinguish scams in the flow of information. So, what are the reflexes to have in order not to fall into the trap?

  • 1 Go through official government sites
  • If the temptation to click on the first Google link is great, beware: the sites referenced at the top are not necessarily those of the State. So, whatever your administrative procedure, the portal www.service-public.fr will be able to redirect you to the corresponding official site, for example ants.gouv.fr for a driving license or caf.fr for family allowances.

  • 2 Check the address and legal notices of the site
  • By dint of navigating from page to page, you are no longer sure that you are still on a government site? No worries. First, check the URL address: all state sites end in either gouv.fr or . Fr. Second thing, in the legal notices, look where the site is hosted: if it’s in France, it’s a good sign.

  • 3 Check the cost of the process
  • In general, the administrative procedures are free. For example, the renewal of identity card is not paying, if you are able to present the old one. On the other hand, the passport is paid for in tax stamps, and the cost of the gray card varies according to the situation. If you are asked to pay for a normally free service, you are on the wrong site. So remember to inquire beforehand.

  • 4 Identify fraudulent emails
  • If you receive a message related to administrative procedures, check the sender’s email address. Then identify any spelling mistakes or abnormal turns of phrase. Also note that emails from official services are generally personalized with your last name.

  • 5 Take the time to read all the information
  • Once the procedure has been initiated, it may sometimes be necessary to validate the request by activating the email address or by entering a confirmation code. Take the time to read even the small lines to be sure that you have validated the request.



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