Minister launches 'safe internet' campaign
The awareness campaign hopes to encourage Dutch citizens to be cautious about putting their personal details online.
The Hague – Justice minister Ernst Hirsch Ballin launched a new campaign Monday to promote awareness of cybercrime.
Cybercrime can be 'minor' transgressions such as goods ordered from the internet that are never delivered, but also includes unauthorised use of bank accounts or credit cards that can seriously damage an individual's credit history.
Many Dutch internet users have personal accounts on social networking sites such as Hyves and Facebook, which ask users to put personal details on their profiles.
Not everyone is sufficiently aware that personal details on the web can be misused by criminals, said Hirsch Ballin.
The Dutch online marketplace Marktplaats.nl – similar to craigslist.com or ebay.com – said Monday it receives 10-15 reports of fraud every day.
The Dutch justice ministry advised internet users to follow five tips to reduce the chances of fraud:
- Make sure your internet firewall is switched on.
- Be careful where you publish your personal details.
- Always note and verify the web address of anyone to whom you're paying money.
- Never simply open a file downloaded from the internet or received via email without some standard of care.
- Be alert to contacts who offer goods or ask for your details.
According to XS4ALL, a Dutch internet service provider, "these tips may be obvious, but a lot of people still download infected free software or respond to financial scams by email from countries such as Nigeria."
The initiative is supported by the police, telecom companies and online auction and shopping websites.
The website for the campaign can be found here.
Radio Netherlands / Expatica