(Bloomberg) -- There’s an outbreak of email and telephone hoaxes in France falsely attributed to the country’s central bank, as criminals multiply attempts to steal credentials from French companies and consumers, the Bank of France said.

People have been receiving emails with fake bills, reports of bank accounts being frozen and of loans granted -- all to trick them into handing over account numbers and other such data, France’s central bank said on Thursday. In these so-called phishing attacks, criminals used Bank of France’s name, logo, and also phone numbers and email addresses that are similar to its own, it said.

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