Pay with bitcoins? Then it could be fraud. We are seeing a strong increase in fraud with investment products via cryptocurrencies at our office. If an "investment firm" asks you to pay "investment" via bitcoins, which you must first purchase via a "wallet" at a (reliable) company, realize that fraudsters have their reasons for not getting paid via the bank . Anonymously Payments with cryptocurrencies can be transferred more anonymously and faster to a wallet [...]
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 [...]
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.
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?
Suppose you are called to start investing and it seems like something to you. You look at the website and it looks good. You can start with a low amount and your investments will go well. You get a call again, and you're tempted to make some more. But you still have doubts, because the company is abroad and you wonder if it isn't too good to be true. How do you recognize whether you may be dealing with a "boiler room"? In this article we give 9 tips on how to spot an unreliable investment website. Investment fraud is common. It happens to both novice investors and experienced investors who embark on an adventure with CFDs (contracts for difference) and Forex products. These are our tips!
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 [...]
Dutch entrepreneurs can set up a foreign legal entity such as the English "Limited" (Ltd.) with which they are only active in the Netherlands. Sometimes it concerns entrepreneurs with a history of fraud or bankruptcy, who - not for the first time - do not fulfill their obligations. What if you have money from such a limited and the company does not pay? Can you go to the Dutch court to file for bankruptcy or do you have to conduct expensive proceedings abroad?
We have received many positive responses to our article on tackling scammers dated April 2, 2016. Most of the responses came from people who have been victims of a scammer. We also received many questions about the legal means that a lawyer can use to recover the damage from a scammer. The article was about tackling scammers through civil courts. Words like “fraud” and “fraud” are not in the Civil Code. So what are the tools we use to recover money from a scammer in a lawsuit? In this article we give a look into our kitchen. This is how we work if we summon a scammer and arrange compensation for you.
It is always advisable to report the scammer. Scams just don't have the highest priority. Violent cases, murder and burglary often receive more attention. Moreover, investigative work in fraud and fraud cases takes a lot of manpower and time; scammers often work smart. So you should not have too high expectations of detecting and prosecuting scammers. Moreover, and that is what this article is about, recovering the embezzled money or claiming damages is not the job of the police. You need to see a lawyer for that.