You’re under arrest: thousands of Dutchies targeted by phishing calls

Since August, thousands of Dutchies have received suspicious phone calls in which cyber-criminals try to get their personal information, such as citizen service (BSN) numbers.

“This is to inform you that your BSN number has been closed down due to criminal activity. Send your BSN number to…”

Over the past few weeks, the Fraud Helpdesk has received 2,300 reports of suspicious phone calls like this, RTL Nieuws reports.

Fake police

According to a spokesperson, “The callers often pretend to be from the National Police or the Dutch Supreme Court.” When victims answer the phone, they hear a prerecorded message in English. This is usually something like, “Your social security number is being misused” or “You have an arrest warrant against you.” 😅

Victims are then asked to enter a number. After this, they’re transferred to an “agent” or police officer, who asks them for more information or to transfer money.

Who’s really behind this?

These are mostly cyber-criminal groups from different parts of the world who work together to scam people and steal their money. 🙅‍♂️ Sometimes they are from Africa or Eastern Europe and their English and Dutch is niet zo goed. But there are also plenty of Dutch cybercriminals who speak Dutch well and appear pretty trustworthy.

How does the scam work?

There are a couple of ways that this scam works. If you’re called and you cooperate with the criminals, they may ask you to transfer money to buy off a fraud investigation.

It’s also common that the criminals will ask you to install a program on your computer so that they can help you with “remote assistance”. Don’t be fooled! They’re actually using this to spy on your computer, loot your bank account, and steal passwords and credit card information.

If they are able to access this kind of sensitive private data it’s often used for identity fraud.

What should you do if you get one of these calls?

The answer to this question is pretty simple: hang up. 🙂

Tip: in general, any legitimate organisation such as a bank or the police will never ask you for payment details or to install software on your phone or computer.

What are your thoughts on this new form of phishing? Have you received any of these strange calls? Tell us in the comments below!

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Jen Lorimer 🇿🇼
An avid tea drinker, Jen was born and raised in Zimbabwe. She moved to Utrecht in 2017 to pursue her history degree. She loves people-watching, canoeing the Utrecht canals, and observing how the Dutch come alive in summer. Having been traumatised by a Dutch circle party, Jen wants to help equip other internationals with tips and tricks to survive and thrive in this wonderful flat country.

19 COMMENTS

  1. I have been called by those criminals and followed their instructions because they called me from the supreme court of NL phone number!! That’s how they are professional and know what they are doing .. so take care!

  2. Just got called. Recorded message on behalf of the Supreme Court, bsn fraud, request to press 1 to speak to a police officer before the investigation starts.

  3. I was just called. After a recorded message and pressing 1 a guy told me to give him his name, postal code and BSN number. He had a thick Indian accent and told me he was calling from “National Police Corp office in Amsterdam”. I hung up.

  4. Two times on this week somebody call two times dutch number and some woman Illina Killy … Police officer from Amsterdam. First time i sat my name and surname but after this i say F..Y.. because she want more information.

  5. Just had a call. What made me think something was wrong was that it was an automated message in English. Very few companies in NL actually phone you and speaks English, unless you ask them to. Before pressing one, I ended the call and immediately checked whether there are any scams. Thanks for this post on Dutch Review!

  6. Wow glad I found this post. I have received 2 calls so far and with the same automated voice message. This is the Supreme court of Netherlands and you will be under arrest for some money laundering and drug trafficking. Your BSN number is being used for more fraud and shit. Press 1 for more. I cut the call both the times aha.

  7. Hello. Just had a call from +31621166133 informing about BSN revoke due to money laundry . I was quite confused because of the automated message in English and the call operator approach saying: give me your name so I will address to you better… When I tried to understand what was going on, sensed that was a scam and said: I’m going to the police station to clarify that. They hung up on me.

  8. They called me today from +31628219771 . All the same as described here. Thanks for sharing. I’m sorry I wasted about 20 minutes of my time on listening to this poor English.

  9. Just got one of these calls and I was suspicious from the get go. I hung up when they said to press 1 and searched what they had stated to be sure. Turns out my gut instincts were right. It was a scam.

  10. Called today, 3 times, was curious what was that, so answered one, but got me 1 sec to hung up and to block all 3 numbers. Automated message from Supreme court in NL, time to change my number, too many leaks recently

  11. I’ve now received this call twice, each time from a different Dutch mobile phone number. The first time I hung up immediately after the automated message. The second time I pressed 1 just out of curiosity. I was put through to an Indian call centre in which the lady asked me how she could help as if I was the one calling her. We talked for a while and she kept pushing me to share my personal details which I refused to do. At some point she asked my to Google the Dutch Police Corps and gave me her badge number – of course this came up with nothing. In the end she gave up trying and hung up on me. An interesting thing is that the caller ID phone numbers being used are real people. My own number has also been used as the caller ID as I had someone call be asking about the message. Therefore it probably isn’t a good idea to be publishing those numbers online, as they are also victims.

  12. Have been called twice now, two different numbers, but English voicemails. Have twice just hung up straight away. The first time I called the number back but of course they are just spoofing the numbers.

    Ignore them. No institution will ever call you, with a voice message if it was so important.
    Typical scam outfit originating from similar origins.

    This needs to be spread further, as anyone could fall dupe for this process.

  13. Two calls in a row now from the national police, after blocking the first number, the dutch national police called me with a german number. They really getting desperate, we just keep on blocking them 😉

  14. 0642404142, the call more than twice, horrible poor English and as soon as I said how the f$@& i got a voicemail for such a critical issue I will call my lawyer immediately he hanged up… man o man, what a crazy times…

  15. I have been called over 5 times or more now! Just hung up again, I didn’t trust it right from the first call. If they want to arrest me, come knocking on my door. I didn’t do anything legal, so no worries from my side!

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