Last week, we received more than 2,500 reports from people who received the message below. The message bears the logo of the Flemish Government, and asks to click through to a document. The e-mail address from which the message was sent is Terugbetaling.1000[a]edpnet.be . This is definitely not an e-mail address of a government department. The message is a clear example of phishing. Do not click on the link in the message and delete it.
Expecting a message from the tax authorities? Then go to MyMinFin and log in there to check if there is a message waiting for you.
Don't fall into the trap!
What to do?
- Do not click on a link in a suspicious message, do not open attachments and do not download applications if you are asked to.
- Suspicious emails can be forwarded to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Suspicious text messages can also be forwarded. Take a screenshot and send it to email@example.com. The content is then processed automatically.
Did you click on a suspicious link?
- If you have clicked on the link, do not complete the fields and terminate any interaction.
- NEVER give out personal codes.
- If you have entered a password that you also use elsewhere, change it immediately.
Have you been scammed?
- If you have lost money or are being extorted, we recommend that you file a report with your local police straight away.
- Contact your bank and/or Card Stop on 078 170 170 (+32 78 170 170 from abroad) if you have passed on bank details, money is disappearing from your bank account or if you have transferred money to a scammer. In this way, any fraudulent transactions can be blocked.