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Internet scams

Last updated: 10/3/2023, 1:01 PM
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Scams via email, WhatsApp and text message are becoming increasingly common. Criminals lure you into making a false payment with an email or text message, for example. And ask you to enter your bank details, for example. Read here what you can do to prevent being scammed.

Common internet scams

Internet scams can happen in many different ways. For example, someone pretends via WhatsApp to be a friend or family member who wants to borrow money from you. But there are also other ways. These forms of scams are becoming increasingly common: ​​​​​​​

  • Sending an excessive (fake) bill to you via WhatsApp or email

  • A link to a package delivery company when you have not ordered anything

  • Sending fake payment requests via WhatsApp or websites such as Marktplaats

  • Blackmail via email for watching porn

  • Threatening to block the internet or phone

Here is what you can do to prevent internet scams

Here is what you can do to prevent internet scams

  • Do not respond to emails, text messages or WhatsApp messages from people you do not know. Not even if that person pretends to be an employee of a bank, friend or family member

  • Do not click on links of payment requests or packages you did not order

  • Never engage in blackmail

If in doubt, get in contact personally using the official, real phone number of your bank, friend, family or phone provider. Or get help from someone and have them check your messages with you.

This is what you can do if you have been a victim of internet scams

If you have been scammed over the internet, take the following steps.

  • Contact your bank as soon as possible. Sometimes the bank can get your money back. Or they can prevent the scammers from taking more money from your account.

  • File a police report

  • Report the scam to This can only be done in Dutch

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