FRAUD HELP DESK

THE DUTCH NATIONAL ANTI-FRAUD HOTLINE

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Final reminder to pay speeding fine

A scam email purporting to come from CJIB demands that you pay 291.61 euro for exceeding the speed limit on the motorway. The amount also includes ‘additional municipal taxes and arrears with the Tax Office’. It will go up if you fail to pay within three days. That’s quite a short period of time, but quite sufficient to spot the spelling errors and other mistakes in this fake message.

CJIB is the Centraal Justitieel Incassobureau or Central Fine Collection Agency – an executive agency of the Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice. It has nothing to do with this latest email posing as the agency, which has been sent to a large number of people. Please bear in mind that CJIB never informs people of a fine or sends any other notification by email.

  • #CJIB
  • #email scam
  • #reminder
  • #traffic fine
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Pay now to avoid legal proceedings

Why do I need to pay? And what for? You may ask these questions when you receive an intimidating email purporting to come from a bailiff. This particular message threatens legal action and a bad credit-rating with the Central Credit Registration Office for failing to pay for an app which you ordered in late 2017. The app cost 1.80 euro only, but total costs, including a fine and administrative fees, have now run up to over 177 euro.

You will be summoned to court and have your bank account will be seized if you fail to pay by 17 March. That doesn’t look right, does it? After all, it’s April and the email is datelined 15 April. There are more red flags in this scam email, because that’s what it is. The message includes a lot of legalese and some strange sentences. Besides, the amount you are told to pay is preposterously high in comparison with the price of the app download. Ignore this email, don’t pay. It’s a blatant attempt to fleece you out of your money.

WTP Trademark publication sends fake invoice

WTP Trademark Publication is sending out offers that look very much like invoices. Don’t fall for this scam.

Reading the letter carefully, you will understand that it is only an offer for registration of your business data.

The problem is that the sender doesn’t have anything to do with the official trademark registration bodies. And if you pay the amount of € 890, you will accept a three-year contract.

Our advice
This letter may look like an invoice, it’s only an offer. This means there is no obligation to pay. The offer can be safely ignored.

If you have paid, please check the general terms and conditions to see whether conditions to see if the agreement needs to be canceled to avoid a renewal.

  • #fake invoices
  • #trademarks
  • #WTP
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Fake invoice from DTG doing the rounds

Fake invoices are doing the rounds supposedly coming from DTG (Dutch telephone directory and yellow pages). The attachment contains a bill for an advertising campaign. The money, € 786.50, needs to be paid into a Romanian bank account.

The invoice looks identical to authentic DTG invoices. Only the customer numbers, invoice numbers and address details don’t match the real customer data. Besides, DTG never uses a Romanian bank account number.

The email has been sent out in large numbers, both to DTG customers and to people who have no contract with the company.

Our advice
Don’t respond if you have received such an invoice from DTG. Please forward it to valse-email@fraudehelpdesk.nl before deleting it from your mailbox. If you have paid, pleas report to the police.

  • #DTG
  • #telephone directory scams
  • #yellow pages
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Bogus bill from Arena Office Store

Have you been approached by Arena Office Store? If so, bin the letter. It’s a fake invoice.

Several businesses have reported this offer disguised as an invoice. The small print reads that it’s only an offer. This means you are under no obligation to pay.

Our advice
Trash this offer and inform everybody in your company who may have received a similar letter. Any money paid must be considered as lost.

  • #Arena Office Store
  • #fake invoices
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New fake invoice from OfficeSmart

OfficeSmart has revamped its fake invoices. This time, they are sending a ‘bill’ for a software package.

Recipients are informed that they have ordered an ‘SAS Statistical Analysis Software Package’, worth € 990. However, this is just an offer, not an invoice, which means you are under no obligation to pay.

This is not the first time we’ve published a warning about fake invoices from OfficeSmart. Previous scam emails were doing the rounds in 2016 and 2017.

Our advice
Please read the small print of every invoice you receive. Scammers often disguise their offers as bills. Don’t pay these bills. If you do, you will lose your money and you often get nothing in return.

  • #fake invoices
  • #OfficeSmart
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