The Fraud Help Desk will start a campaign against fake advertisements on Monday, July 20, in which the name of well-known Dutch people is misused. This campaign is supported by the AFM and Facebook. People are tempted to invest, often in cryptocurrencies, via the fake advertisements on the internet. Almost 2 million euros in damage was reported this year alone.
With the 'Online fraud has many faces' campaign, the Fraud Help Desk wants to draw attention to the many forms of fraud that take place via internet platforms. Because social media offers almost unlimited possibilities to maintain contact with others, but there are also risks associated with digital messaging. And just like real traffic, the risk of accidents is reduced when you are aware of those risks.
Under the slogan 'Discover how you recognize it and don't be surprised', the three most frequently reported fraud forms will be highlighted via social media in the coming months: Fake ads, Help request fraud and Dating fraud.
The campaign against fake advertisements will start on Monday, using names of famous Dutch people to entice people to invest in cryptocurrency. Especially people over 46 appear to be victims of the fake advertisements. The fraud help desk reported this type of fraud more than 380 times in total, with nearly 250 people reporting damage totaling more than € 3.6 million.
Facebook made the development of this campaign financially possible and contributes to its dissemination on social media: “Facebook does not want and does not allow these types of advertisements on its platform. This is a sector-wide issue that we take very seriously. We therefore do everything we can to prevent these fake ads from appearing on our platform; for example, we use the most advanced technology and manual controls to stop these scammers. We are therefore gratefully adding the collaboration with the Fraud Help Desk to our arsenal of weapons against fake advertisers. ”
Have you responded to an advertisement about an investment proposal, or are you otherwise in contact with a party that makes an investment proposal? Don't be surprised and recognize the signs of scams:
- Are extremely high returns (yields) promised or does the offer seem too good to be true? Then you can assume that it is indeed not true;
- Avoid investments that you don't understand. Complex investment constructions with high returns and low risk do not bode well;
- Always inform yourself extensively before accepting an investment proposal, for example through the registers of the AFM to consult;
- Check via internet search engines whether anything is known about the provider, the offer or the investment;
- Do not pay a restriction fee or other unclear costs to unknown companies;
- Be extra alert if companies or people ask to transfer money to a foreign bank account or through so-called money transfer offices;
- Have you been duped? Please contact the Fraud Help Desk to assess the situation and to be advised.
About the Fraud Help Desk
The Fraud Help Desk has been the national reporting point for fraud for almost 10 years. In the first 6 months of 2020, the Fraud Help Desk processed over 60,000 questions and reports about fraud. In addition, damage was reported for more than 15 million euros. Based on our experience, we quickly recognize threats. We provide targeted advice to anyone who is involved in fraud. With our warnings and publications we prevent even more victimization.
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