The period for submitting your annual tax return has arrived again. Scammers are using this actuality to create confusion. In recent days, we have received several examples of phishing messages that try to lead you to a fake website (see below).
You can recognise them quickly if you go over the link with your mouse, without clicking. You will see that the link will not take you to the website of the FPS Finance (https://finance.belgium.be/en) but to a fake website. Do not click, but forward the message to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
- Suspicious text messages can also be forwarded. Take a screenshot and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.