Spoofing is a form of fraud in which scammers call from an existing phone number, such as a bank. They pose as employees to take money from people.
About 18,000 people were victims of bank spoofing, the best-known form of spoofing. Half of the victims lost at least 4,000 euros. In total, the damage was 94 million euros.
According to CBS, emergency friend fraud is still popular with criminals. Furthermore, scammers approach a victim via WhatsApp and pretend to be a friend or family member. In the conversation, the scammer quickly asks for money because supposedly a bill needs to be paid or a plane ticket needs to be purchased.
Some 26,000 people were victims of emergency fraud last year. Half of them paid at least € 2,000 to so-called friends or relatives. The total damage was 73 million euros.
The victims ultimately saw 121 million euros out of a total of 261 million. Of these, 70 million were made up of fees from banks, credit card companies and online payment services.
The remaining 51 million euros relate to other forms of spoofing. Victims, for example, received reimbursement because the damage was recovered by the perpetrators.