Never before has Fraud Help Desk received so many reports about fake emails with the subject line ‘Final reminder’. The senders pretend to be the Centraal Justitieel Incassobureau or Central Fine Collection Agency (CJIB) – an executive agency of the Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice.
In the last seven days alone, nearly 22,000 email messages were forwarded to the anti-fraud hotline. In no fewer than 11,700 of these cases, the sender pretended to be the CJIB (53% of the total). All messages inform recipients that they are due a relatively small outstanding fine. In some emails, the amount is € 38.25, in other emails, it’s gone up to € 42.25. Please remember that the CJIB never sends any traffic fines or reminders by email.
The senders want their victims to pay in Bitcoins. This means the amount first needs to be converted from euros to the crypto currency. This can be done on the legal website Bitonic.nl. This enables the sender to collect the money anonymously.
So far this year, Fraud Help Desk has received more fake emails than in 2016. Last year, the total number was almost 600,000, now the counter stands at 670,000. It is unknown whether this is due to a higher incidence of scam emails or because Fraud Help Desk has now become a more established name in the Netherlands.
Here’s an example (click to enlarge):