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Beware of a message that appears to have come from the Federal Public Service of Finance

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.

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Don't fall into the trap!

Learn to identify fake e-mails.

Take the phishing test now and don’t be caught out ever again!

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 suspicious@safeonweb.be.
  • Suspicious text messages can also be forwarded. Take a screenshot and send it to suspicious@safeonweb.be. 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.
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