2.2 million Dutch people will be victims of online crime in 2022

In 2022, 15 percent of Dutch people aged 15 or older indicated that they had been the victim of one or more forms of online crime in the past twelve months. That corresponds to 2.2 million people. Most involved scams and fraud, followed by hacking and threats and harassment. About 20 percent reported this or reported it to the police, it reports CBS.

In 2022, 8 percent of the Dutch aged 15 years or older became a victim of online
fraud and fraud, especially purchase fraud (6 percent). Five percent had to do
with hacking and 4 percent with online threats and harassment.

Young people are the most frequent victims of this last form. One in five of 15 to 25-year-olds say they will be confronted with online threats, bullying, stalking or shamesexting (a form of sexually transgressive behavior in which nude photos or videos of the victim are distributed or threatened) by 2022 .

For 37 percent of victims of online crime, the incident in 2022 resulted in a loss of trust in people; 30 percent feel or felt less safe. Sleeping problems, depressive complaints, anxiety complaints and reliving the incident over and over again were each mentioned by 7 to 8 percent of the victims.

In 2022, more than 25 percent of the population aged 15 or older indicated that they were very concerned about online misuse of bank details or personal data. 80 percent of the population had one or more security measures in place to protect devices or accounts from misuse.

In addition to concerns about misuse of banking or personal information, 20 percent of the population aged 15 or older said they are very concerned about account misuse and device or account hacking. About 15 percent were very concerned about ransomware and computer viruses or infections.

By 2022, 80 percent said they will lock devices or accounts using a passcode, password, fingerprint and/or face ID. More than 75 percent check attachments in emails before opening them. Nearly 60 percent said they would update equipment or apps immediately or as soon as possible.

The use of two-step verification and especially the use of passwords of at least sixteen characters are measures that were taken the least often, at 25 percent and almost 15 percent respectively.

Of the Dutch people, 50 percent thought there was a chance – that is to say ‘(very) big’ or ‘not big, not small’ – of becoming a victim of a hack of a device or account. Furthermore, 42 percent saw a risk of dealing with purchase or sales fraud
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Source: Nieuws – Emerce by www.emerce.nl.

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