In recent weeks, we have again received many reports of fake e-mails and text messages sent in the name of the FPS Finance which look very credible.
How to recognize these messages?
- The sender's e-mail address is not an official address of the FPS Finance, namely @minfin.fed.be or @mailing.minfin.fed.be. Fraudsters sometimes use an e-mail address that closely resembles the official address (e.g.: @minfin.fgov.be, firstname.lastname@example.org; @minfin-fed.org, etc.).
- They ask for confidential bank information to be shared via email, SMS or WhatsApp.
- The story is too good to be true or the message is totally unexpected.
- Out of the blue, you receive a message saying they are going to pay you back a certain amount.
- You are asked to settle a debt, but you have no idea what it is about.
Are you in doubt whether a message is real or fake?
What do you need to do?
- Forward these messages to email@example.com delete them.
- You should never click on the link or a button behind which a link is hidden, if you are not 100% sure.
- If you have given your bank details, notify your bank and Card Stop immediately on 078 170 170 (+32 78 170 170 from abroad).
- Report this to the police.