1.7 million euros in damage due to English telephone calls

1.7 million euros in damage due to English telephone calls

Cybercriminals have caused at least 1.7 million euros in financial damage in less than a year with fake English phone calls. The actual damage is much higher, because only 10 percent of the victims come forward. Last week, an average of about twenty victims reported daily.

The first reports of fake English phone calls go back to September 2021. People heard a tape play that was supposedly recorded by the ‘National Police’, ‘Dutch Supreme Court’ or ‘Ministry of Justice (sic).

Those who answered the phone and listened to the tape were told different stories. One would have been guilty of criminal activities. Another had an arrest warrant issued. Abuse of their citizen service number (BSN) was also a common excuse. When the tape was played, recipients actually got someone on the line.

Dozens of fake phone calls a day

From September to December 2021, the Fraud Helpdesk received nearly 10,000 reports of fake English phone calls. More than 8,000 reports were received in the first six months of this year. Last year, about a hundred people believed the fake calls. This year the number of victims is 120. The total financial damage since September last year is 1.7 million euros.

“There was a dip in April and May, now we get these kinds of reports all day long,” says Tanya Wijngaarde, a spokeswoman at the Fraudehelpdesk. Last week, an average of about twenty reports were received per day.

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