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Fraudsters pretend to be one of your loved ones via email, text or app messages. Or vice versa: they write to your loved ones in your name. They are asking for urgent financial help.
The scammers somehow get your data. They then send you a message on behalf of a close relative or close friend. Of course, the fraudsters first come up with an excuse why you are suddenly contacted by an unknown number. For example: “Sorry, I lost my smartphone. This is my new number.”
It is even possible that the text message was sent from a known email address or mobile number. Scammers can sometimes take over the existing email address or mobile number of a loved one (spoofing). After some small talk, you soon get the question to transfer money to a certain account number, because your 'dear one' urgently needs to pay for a large purchase or is having a bit of a financial difficulty. Usually it concerns amounts between 250 and 2,000 euros, sometimes even more.
The messages are very credible and real. You naturally want to 'help' your family member or friend and you tend to deposit the money immediately. Don't! Because when you contact your real family member or friend, you will realise that nothing is going on. And the scammers? They will be long gone with your money.
"Golden rule: always call the sender of the message, or ask some control questions with answers that can not be found in previous emails, chat messages or on social media."
Be alert! Suddenly received a message from one of your loved ones via an unknown number? Always check with the sender . Especially if you are asked to transfer money. Do not just proceed to payment.
Please report this attempted fraud to your bank and to the police. If you have received a text message from a scammer containing a payment link or an IBAN number, send it to your own bank as soon as possible.
Report such an attempt even if you have no damage. This gives the police a better view of the criminals behind this type of fraud.
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