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Fake policeman fooled exes out of money

A security guard from northwestern France has been given a four month suspended sentence and a fine after conning an ex-girlfriend out of money by claiming he was a chief police officer.

Fake policeman fooled exes out of money
Photo: Chris Brown

The man, a 50-year-old security guard from Cotes-d’Amor region, told the women he was a chief officer in Rennes, and was taking a few months off work for depression after the death of his son.

One of the women transferred her monthly salary to his bank account after he told her he needed the money to pay council tax.

He also used his false identity to tell a neighbour to stop making noise. He dressed in a police uniform bought from the internet and a false police badge, .

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Timbre fiscal: Everything you need to know about France’s finance stamps

If you're doing a French admin task, you might be asked to provide a 'timbre fiscale' - here's what these are and how to get them.

Timbre fiscal: Everything you need to know about France's finance stamps

In France, you can buy  a very particular kind of stamp to cover the cost of a titre de séjour, or French passport, to pay your taxes, get an ID card if you’re eligible, or pay for your driving licence.

Basically a timbre fiscale is a way of paying a fee to the government, and some online processes – such as the tax offices – now have the more modern method of a bank transfer or card payment.

However there are plenty of official tasks that still demand a timbre fiscale.

In the pre-internet days, this was a way of sending money safely and securely to the government and involved an actual physical stamp – you bought stamps to the value of the money you owned, stuck them onto a card and posted them to government office.

They could be used for anything from paying your taxes to fees for administrative processes like getting a new passport or residency card.

These days the stamps are digital. You will receive, instead, either a pdf document with a QR code that can be scanned from a phone or tablet, or an SMS with a unique 16-digit figure. Both will be accepted by the agency you are dealing with.

Once you have the code you need, you can add this to any online process that requires timbre fiscaux (the plural) and that will complete your dossier.

You can buy them from a properly equipped tabac, at your nearest trésorerie, or online

Paper stamps remain available in France’s overseas départements, but have been gradually phased out in mainland France.

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