As a result of the obligations under the Wft and Wwft, a tendency has become visible that banks are trying to exclude more and more customers with large amounts of cash flows. In addition, they often try to end existing customer relationships with these types of customers and even, in the experience, sometimes look for nails at low tide to get rid of those kinds of customers. Customers with a lot of cash flows therefore [...]
ABNAMRO Bank has just announced that it will also compensate customers for damage caused by spoofing fraud in specific cases of "gross negligence". Until now, this bank has been stricter in assessing fees requested than the other banks. In spoofing fraud, a scammer takes possession of a victim's bank balance by calling the bank's unique number, giving the scammer the confidence that it is a real bank employee who is calling. Spoofing is technically still [...]
A money mule or “money mule” is a person who makes his checking account available to a criminal to receive and transfer criminal loot. If the criminal approaches the money mule, the crime (in which the bank account of the money mule plays a central role) has yet to be committed. The damage can be high.
A boiler room is a criminal organization that extorts money from people through fake investments. Boilerrooms disappear after a while and the loot is often hard to find after that. Method There is not one typical method for this criminal activity. Many boiler rooms approach their victims by telephone and persuade them to invest via a website. This website can give access to a (fake) account where the victim is led to believe that his [...]
When you think of a duty of care of banks, you think in the first place of the customers. But the duty of care can also relate to third parties. For example, a customer of the bank can be a swindler, who uses the checking account to receive deposits from victims, after which that money is funneled away. Can you sue the bank for the damage? Is the bank expected to monitor suspicious transactions from its own customers to protect non-customer third parties?
ING has been fined by the Public Prosecution Service because the bank does not act properly against money launderers. Criminals who transfer money through ING are not dealt with properly by the bank. There are many developments in the field of money laundering, mainly due to new technological possibilities. De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB) not only supervises the stability, but – in keeping with the spirit of the times – also the integrity of the financial [...]
In the Netherlands banks have a duty of care for their own clients, and also for third parties who do not bank with them. Under this case law victims of fraud or scams can in certain cases claim damages from the perpetrator’s bank. Banks’ duty of care Under the Dutch civil legal system banks have a duty of care for their own clients, account holders and investors. Case law from the highest court, however, takes [...]