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Email scam – the taxman doesn’t splash out money

13 March 2019

It’s that time of year again when most of the Dutch taxpayers are currently busy filing their tax returns for 2018. Some of them seem to be very lucky indeed: they have received an email from the tax authorities informing them that they are entitled to a refund.

They are told that this refund can run up to 4,550 euros. They only thing they need to do is fill out a form on their computer.

Please don’t do this. People who fall for this scam, will disclose their user credentials of the government’s secure login system DigiD. This will open up a can of worms for them: the consequences can be quite devastating.

Should you be eligible for a refund from the Netherlands Tax Authorities, you will be informed via regular mail, never by email. You will receive a blue envelope.

The scammers who conjured up this windfall payment use some strange sentences in their email. One of them reads: “… following the previous annual calculation of your tax activity…”

Moreover, the alleged restitution is based on the year 2019. Evidently, these cyber criminal weren’t really on the ball when they cobbled together these scam emails.