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Preventing and reporting fraud and deception

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Netherlands Enterprise Agency, RVO | Statistics Netherlands, CBS

As a businessperson in the Netherlands you may have to deal with different types of deception and fraud. To protect your business from fraud, you should always check your business partner's details, company information and/or business information with the Dutch Commercial Register to see if they are consistent with what you have been told.

Some of the most common types of fraud and deception are:

  • Advertising fraud: sending fake invoices or deception by phone or through a representative.
  • Identity fraudExternal link: illegal use of personal data (through phishingExternal link, in Dutch), for example, for ordering through the Internet.
  • Slamming: transferring one telephone service provider to another unrequested.
  • Advance fee fraud (419-fraud): in return for an advance fee, you are wrongfully promised a high compensation.
  • Extortion: demanding money under the threat of, for example, violence or making incriminating or damaging information public.

Victims of fraud, deception or slamming

You can report all forms of fraud and deception to the police. For some of these practices reporting centres and information lines have been set up:

If you have been a victim of slamming, you can submit a complaint to your new and old telephony provider. Your old telephony provider can tell you who your new provider is. If your new telephony provider does not want to cooperate in finding a good solution, you can report your situation to the Fraud Help DeskExternal link (in Dutch).

In addition, you have several other possibilities:

  • Contact your legal expenses insurance company or a legal adviser.
  • Contact your branch organisation in order to warn other entrepreneurs in your branch.

Register of fraudulent tax consultants

To combat tax evasion and fraud, a register of fraudulent tax consultants will be made public via the website of the Dutch Tax and Customs Administration. Tax consultants who deliberately submit wrong or incomplete tax returns, can receive a financial penalty. From 2020 onwards, the Dutch Tax and Customs Administration is allowed to disclose the register of consultants who have received such a penalty. Apart from tax consultants, civil law notaries, accountants and lawyers can also be included in the register. The offender’s data will remain publicly available on the Tax Administration website for 5 years.

The measure has come into effect on 1 January 2020.

Statistics: fraud and extortion

Number of registered crimes concerning fraud, extortion and blackmail which have been reported to or filed by the Dutch police as well as incidences documented by the police themselves.

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