DigiD warns of fake email06-11-2013
People who receive an email asking them to verify their DigiD identification data ahead of a given expiry data, are advised to remove this message and not to click on the hyperlink provided in it. These messages are phishing scams, according to the Dutch Interior Ministry.
DigiD stands for Digital Identity. It’s a strictly personal code consisting of a username and password that allows users to access a great number of online services offered by Dutch government agencies, including the tax office. The system is mandatory when submitting tax forms electronically. Some 8 million citizens use it.
The DigiD phishing email currently in circulation asks recipients to check their personal data because there’s been a disruption to its network. Failing to comply means they cannot use DigiD, it says. Don’t click on the hyperlink: it will take you to a fake website.
Have you clicked on the link and entered your data? Then you should terminate your DigiD and request new codes. If you have any questions, please contact the DigiD Help Desk: 0800 - 023 04 35 (from outside the Netherlands, please dial +31 800 – 023 04 35).
For more information in English about how to protect your DigiD, please check the DigiD website.
Here's an example of the fake email message: