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Phishing email from ‘TV audience company’ in circulation

9 June 2017

Scammers are using the name of a Dutch company which arranges audiences for TV programmes. The aim is to tempt victims to disclose their personal information.

The scammers are sending out email messages which direct recipients to a website where they can supposedly put their names down to join the live taping of the popular Dutch TV show Eén tegen 100 (1 vs. 100).

Once they are on the site, the prospective audience members are asked to fill out personal information including their bank account number and the number of their ID. Of course, no TV audience company needs to have these details.

Here’s an example of the email (click to enlarge):

The authentic website of a popular TV audience company is called Publiek-Gezocht.nl. The scammers have copied its look and feel. The main difference is the URL, which ends with freaze.eu.

Publiek-Gezocht.nl is warning about this scam email. Similar emails were circulating in March of this year.

Our advice
Think twice before giving out your personal information. Check the web address and the green secure padlock in the address bar. Be critical and ask yourself whether a specific company would really need this information.