The police have arrested a 23-year-old man from Amsterdam. He pretended to be an association and tried to convince members that their membership fees had not yet been paid. The suspect is believed to have stolen thousands of euros from his victims.
The Public Prosecution Service (OM) reports this in a press release. It is the third phishing suspect arrested this year.
This is what you need to know about phishing
Phishing is a form of internet crime that is becoming increasingly common in the Netherlands. Scammers try to obtain as much personal information from victims as possible in various ways, for example via email, WhatsApp or SMS.
For example, the internet criminals pose as a helpful bank employee who wants to prevent the victim from losing all his savings. In order to secure his money, it has to be temporarily placed in a ‘vault account’. However, this type of account does not exist and the money ends up in the scammer’s bank account.
They can also pretend to be a helpdesk employee who tells someone that someone has malware on their computer. He needs access to his PC to remove the malware. In reality, he steals stored passwords and other personal information.
This is how the suspect proceeded
In this case, the suspect from Amsterdam pretended to be an unnamed association with members. Since the beginning of 2021, he has been sending false e-mails on behalf of this association. The subject line contained descriptions such as ‘Failed charge, ‘Reminder’, or ‘Your membership is about to expire’.
The emails contain a malicious URL. Whoever clicked on it