In recent months, the police has seen an increase in the number of reports of fraud via messages allegedly originating from parcel delivery services.
The message that victims receive via text message or e-mail seems to come from PostNL, DHL, DPD or other well-known parcel delivery services. The message often states that you have to pay import costs or shipping costs and that the package will be delivered. Then the criminals lure victims via a link to a fake website and thus withdraw money from your bank account.
The police cite the lockdown and the shops that have since closed as the main cause. People now order almost everything online and criminals take advantage of that. If you have ordered a package via an Alibaba or AliExpress, it also sounds quite plausible if import costs are asked.
The damage to the victims is great, says Buitenhuis. The total amount that criminals loot in this way comes down to more than 1000 euros per day nationwide. The police suspect that this is only the tip of the iceberg, because many people do not report when they are defrauded in this way.
Source: Nieuws – Emerce by www.emerce.nl.
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