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Be aware of phone scams, no government agency will contact you by phone

Published: 24th August 2022 Last updated: 26th September 2022

We were informed by police that many young people with an international background are being digitally scammed. They receive a call from “a government agency” and are told that they are on an international arrest warrant list, or that they have to pay a big fine. This is a scam, no government agency will contact you by phone.

The “employee” on the line often has a lot of personal information such as a social security number (BSN) and therefore sounds credible. This “employee” wants to help you to get you off this list. For this, they ask to install software for example TeamViewer or Anydesk. With this software, the scammer can look at the bank details and transfer money to another account without any notice.

What to do in this situation?

Hang up immediately. Even when in doubt. Sometimes scammers will give you a phone number, but this is fake as well. Always look up the correct number yourself and wait until you get someone on the line with whom you can verify the call. Please inform your family, friends and acquaintances about this scam and warn them.

Have you experienced this? You are not alone. Call your bank immediately and report it to the police. Call 0900 8844 for an appointment or visit www.politie.nl for more information. Did cyber criminals successfully rob your bank account? Always report the crime: https://www.politie.nl/en/topics/report-a-crime.html. See for more info about phone scams: https://www.politie.nl/onderwerpen/telefonische-oplichting.html