This is evident from figures from the Fraud Help Desk released on Monday. More than 1500 people were scammed by rogue web shops in the first months of this year. A loss of more than € 200,000. If this development continues, the damage this year will amount to more than € 1 million, according to the Fraud Help Desk.
“It is obvious that the corona crisis plays a role in this,” says Tanya Wijngaarde of the Fraud Help Desk. “The shops have been closed for a long time and people who previously did not or hardly made their purchases online, had to rely on web shops and online trading places in the past year.”
Scammers are responding to the corona crisis by offering face masks, self-tests, disinfectants or fitness equipment. Once ordered, the items will not be delivered. The number of fraud cases via web shops is increasing steadily every year. If the € 1 million is indeed tapped this year, as expected by the Fraud Help Desk, that loss will have more than tripled in four years.
Fake web stores are becoming more and more sophisticated. They often use an internet address containing the name of the real web store, such as dixons-dagdeals.com or bcc-actions.com.
Because the corporate identity, including logo, is also adopted, it is not at first sight that it is a fake webshop. The Fraudheldesk advises to check the address of the webshop on the website ‘whois’. With websites that have only been registered for a few days and come from abroad, it is then necessary to pay attention.
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