The Netherlands' Fraud Helpdesk is noticing a considerable increase in the number of fraud reports revolving around cryptocurrency Bitcoin. There are no exact figures yet about how many people reported Bitcoin fraud to the helpdesk, but that this type of fraud is increasingly common is very clear, Tanya Wijngaarden of the helpdesk said to BNR.
Clients of the self-proclaimed "biggest Bitcoin factory of the Netherlands" have launched court proceedings against Koinz Trading, considered one of the first Dutch businesses to trade in Bitcoin. Based in Lelystad, the company is now facing off against a client who accuses them of fraud.
The client's attorney, Marco Kalmijn, believes others are planning to press legal action as well. He accuses the companies of giving excuse after excuse instead of contractual payments, Kalmijn told the Volkskrant.
Timo Huges, former CEO of Dutch rail company NS, was acquitted of fraud in the tender process for public transport in Limburg by the court in Den Bosch on Thursday. Five other suspects of fraud in this case were also acquitted, NU.nl reports.
The Public Prosecutor demanded a year in prison against Huges. He was accused of bribery, forgery and leaking confidential information. Huges always maintained that he was innocent, did not know about any fraud and did not interfere with the tender.
The dismissal of Amsterdam anti-radicalization official Saadia ait-Taleb will be maintained for the time being, the Amsterdam court ruled on Thursday. According to the court, her relationship with vlogger Said J., who worked as a freelancer for the municipality, was too close to avoid conflicts of interest, the Volkskrant reports.
Last week the police arrested an 18-year-old man from the Rotterdam region who is suspected of posing as a scout for a modeling agency and convincing underage girls to send him nude pictures. He was arrested on suspicion of fraud, inciting sexual abuse, and collecting child pornography. So far four victims and the modeling agency filed declarations against him, the police said in a statement on Tuesday.
Joost van Doorn - believed to be a Dutch man behind an Ethereum-based startup called Confido - apparently disappeared with around 318 thousand euros of his investors money. It is not quite clear whether Joost van Doorn actually exists, but it seems increasingly clear that the people who paid for the Confido launch will not see their money again, RTL Nieuws reports.
New digital cryptocurrency coins that some start-ups use as a form of investment fundraising are vulnerable to deception, fraud, and manipulation, the Dutch financial markets authority AFM cautioned. Investors in the Netherlands were formally warned by the authority, as well as the Dutch central bank, that they should avoid Initial Coin Offerings, or ICOs, as they are not unreliable.
Two teenagers from Oosterhout were arrested for breaking into bank accounts using a fake version of ABN Amro's refund app Tikkie. According to the Public Prosecutor, the teenagers - both born in 1999 - stole over 20 thousand euros from at least 42 people, Brabants Dagblad reports.
Care agencies do not have enough possibilities to stop fraud with personal healthcare budgets, Dutch healthcare authority NZa concludes, calling for the rules to be adjusted, NOS reports.
An older couple was arrested in Gennep, Limburg in an Dutch-led international investigation into fraud and money laundering, the Public Prosecutor announced. The 81-year-old man and 61-year-old woman are accused of tax fraud, money laundering, forgery and illegal banking. According to the Prosecutor, the amount involved in the couple's crimes is estimated at over 41 million euros.
Two directors of healthcare agencies in the Zaanstad and Tilburg region were arrested on suspicion of fraud with the personal healthcare budgets of disabled young people. According to the Public Prosecutor, they are suspected of fraud and forgery involving around 4 million euros, ANP reports.
Public transit card company Translink passed on the travel data of dozens of students to government education service DUO so far this year, the Volkskrant reported on Tuesday. The data is used to check that the students are not claiming higher allowances than their due by saying they no longer live with their parents while they still do. Travelers' organization Maatschappij voor Beter OV feels that DUO is violating privacy rules, according to the newspaper.
An employee committing theft was the most common reason for dismissal with immediate effect in the Netherlands over the past 12 months, the Volkskrant reports after studying 194 published lawsuits conducted in this period.
Nearly a fifth of these cases, 18 percent, involved stealing, though the severity of the theft varied widely. In a few cases employees were fired for stealing a bag of chips or a pack of cookies, in one case the employee embezzled 55 thousand euros.
A 33-year-old woman was arrested last week on suspicion of money laundering in a Marktplaats scam. The Rotterdam police believe the woman let fraudsters use her bank account for their scam, which involved selling non existent text books to students via online shopping platform Marktplaats, AD reports.
This investigation has been running since 2015, when a total of 108 victims reported being scammed. They bought text books on Marktplaats, paid the money but never received the books. The total amount of damages was over 4 thousand euros.
The Antoni van Leeuwenhoek hospital in Amsterdam received a massive amount in compensation from Japanese pharmaceutical company Fujirebio, a spokesperson for the hospital confirmed to ANP after reports in the Telegraaf on Wednesday. She would say nothing about the amount involved, but according to insiders it is around 10 million euros, the news wire reports.
The municipality of Amsterdam suspended the manager of its Radicalization and Polarization Department on suspicion of fraud, sources confirmed to Het Parool and the Telegraaf. According to the newspapers, she is suspected of invoice fraud and conflict of interests.
The Public Prosecutor launched a criminal investigation into the matter after the municipality's integrity office called in the police, Het Parool reports. Mayor Eberhard van der Laan informed the city council about the case last week.
The Dutch Public Prosecutor is prosecuting four executives of coffeeshop chain The Grass Company for fraud, money laundering and participation in a criminal organization. One of those to be prosecuted is former owner Johan van Laarhoven, who is currently serving a 73 year prison sentence in Thailand for money laundering through the coffeeshop, ANP reports.
The Tax authorities' investigative department FIOD caught three suspects selling brand-less beer as Heineken and Amstel. Eight businesses in Nijkerk, Putten, Rotterdam, Heusden and Linne were raided on Wednesday. So far no arrests were made, RTL Nieuws reports.
According to FIOD, the suspects bought brand-less beer from abroad, poured it into beer bottles and labeled them with Heineken and Amstel logos. They then sold them at higher prices.
Several Dutch companies fell victim to this fraud. The investigation is still ongoing.
The Disciplinary Committee for Banks banned three bank employees from working as bankers for varying periods of time because they violated the Banker's Oath in three separate cases. The three employees may not work as bankers for 18 months, 12 months and 6 months respectively, according to rulings the committee published on Thursday.
The Dutch police issued a warning about a scam in which fake Microsoft employees gain access to their victims' computers by telling them they want to help them solve a problem. Over 2016 and in the first half of this year no less than 1,900 Dutch fell victim to this scam, losing hundreds of thousands of euros in total. "If you are called by a Microsoft employee: hang up immediately!" the police warn.
ABN Amro found a total of 114 employees guilty of falsifying signatures on mortgage advices. Most of them were reprimanded and a number were dismissed, including some managers, ANP reports. The bank did not release exact numbers, but according to Financieele Dagblad, around 10 people lost their jobs.
The Dutch police arrested 60 people last week in a national action against roaming criminal gangs. Detainees include suspected shoplifters, drug traffickers and dealers, burglars and identity thieves, the police announced in a statement.
The kidnapping of a young Amsterdam girl is expected to be a key topic of conversation when Bert Koenders, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, meets his Indian counterpart, Sushma Swaraj, in New Delhi. The two are scheduled to speak with each other on Tuesday at the end of Koenders’ four-day official visit, newswire ANP reported.
The financing for famous Dutch space project Mars One is being scrutinized. According to Financieele Dagblad, it seems like the project may have been hijacked by investment fraudsters.
Mars One plans to send people to colonize, you guessed it, Mars and then make a global reality TV show of it. The main role players get a one way ticket to the red planet and then their lives will be followed and broadcast live for 15 years.