At the Fraud Help Desk, the total number of fraud reports has risen in the past two years from 19,000 to more than 31,000 in 2019. The financial damage increased by more than 65 percent: in 2017 the damage was still 16 million euros, in 2019 it rose to more than 26 million euros.
The increase is mainly caused by reports of Whatsapp fraud, investment fraud, dating fraud and buying and selling via the Internet and cyber crime, reports the Fraud Help Desk. Cyber crime includes phishing and scams via fake helpdesks.
The Fraud Help Desk received more than fourteen thousand reports of cyber crime in 2019. That is more than a doubling compared to 2018. At that time the number of reports was still at 6,253. The number of victims increased from 344 in 2017 to 922 in 2019.
People can report to the Fraud Help Desk if they notice that someone is trying to scam them. The number of reports of cyber crime concerns all the people from whom an attempt was made to rake money. Victims are the people who actually - and demonstrably - have fallen for it and have therefore lost money on the scam.
Large increase in phishing
This growth in reports of cyber crime is mainly due to an increase in phishing. Phishing is a method whereby malicious parties with fake emails or text messages to personal data, such as login and bank details. The damage suffered by phishing victims rose in two years from 141,047 euros to 853,167 euros.
The Fraud Help Desk warns to be alert, in particular with requests for money via e-mail, WhatsApp or SMS. "Be cautious when clicking on payment links and always check who you are dealing with: first check, then click. When in doubt, always call the Fraud Help Desk."
Earlier, NU.nl reported that the number of reports of whatsapp fraud and dating fraud increased sharply in 2019.
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