Dutch online users lose EUR 5 bln in internet fraud

Monday 29 December 2014 10:01 CET | News

Over 1 million Dutch have fallen victims to internet fraud in 2013 and 2014, leading to a total loss of EUR 5 billion, a recent research unveils.

According to a report conducted by the national fraud help desk, many of the victims do not report that they have been conned out of money because they are ashamed or because they have little confidence in the police.

Findings reveal 9% of respondents saying they had been conned recently on internet. In 70% of cases they lost a maximum of EUR 500, but 12% said they had lost between EUR 1,000 and EUR 10,000. In 3% of cases the loss was over EUR 20,000.

The larger amounts of money were often lost through dating websites, where ‘mates’ said they needed money for air tickets or for hospital treatment.

The fraud help desk questioned 1,000 people over the age of 18.

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Keywords: Netherlands, online security, internet fraud, web fraud, cybercrime, digital identity
Categories: Fraud & Financial Crime
Countries: World
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Fraud & Financial Crime