Many citizens are again reporting false messages that appear to come from the police or Europol. You are allegedly accused of sexual abuse of minors. You are asked to send an e-mail quickly to justify yourself, otherwise you will be prosecuted and arrested. The message appears threatening and urges you to react immediately. The intention is to frighten you and extort money from you. This type of scam is not new, but it continues to circulate and scare many people.
- Do not reply to the e-mail. The police never send this kind of e-mail.
- Keep the e-mail or print it out and report it to the police.
- Mark the message as SPAM or junk.
- Block the sender.
- If you have transferred money to a fraudster, contact your bank on a special number and/or Card Stop on 078 170 170 (+32 78 170 170 from abroad). This way, any fraudulent transactions can be blocked.
- If you want to report a fraud, you can contact your bank.
- We advise you to make a report to the local police in your place of residence.