Beware of job scams

Many people are being cheated with job offers and lotteries that do not exist. Stop and think before you part with your money, your passport, your personal details or your current job.

Many scams may appear to come from the Netherlands, but the criminals behind the scam are actually based in other countries. There are also cases known where the sender offers a job and a visa, using an actual name of an embassy employee.

If the offer sounds too good to be true…beware. It could be a scam

  • You receive an offer of a job about which you have no prior knowledge
  • You receive an offer by email
  • You are asked for your bank account details by email or phone
  • You are offered cash in exchange for bank account details
  • You are told you have won a lottery, but you have not bought a ticket.

If you receive a spam email

  • Do not pay any money
  • Do not have any further contact with the originators of the email - these people are professional criminals and their aim is to exploit you and take your money and/or your personal details.

If you have been cheated because of a job or lottery scam:

  • Report it to the police authorities

This is an international crime - investigations must be taken forward by the police, CBI and Interpol. 

How to find out if a company is genuine?

Some job scams can be very clever. Check the company’s details very carefully.

Genuine Dutch company websites may be provided, but the contact email addresses may be false. A genuine company name may be given, but the address will be wrong. For example: genuine website - False contact details -

  • Phone the company in the Netherlands if you are approached about a job
  • Genuine Dutch companies do not give a mobile number for contact details. Request a landline number
  • Most genuine Dutch companies do not use a hotmail, yahoo or gmail type email accounts.