Tax office admits cases of digital ID fraud

19th September 2011, Comments 0 comments

Hundreds of people have been affected by digital identity fraud according to reports in Dutch daily. The Dutch tax office has confirmed the reports.

Until recently anybody could change the data of another person using a DigiD – the government’s digital identity code for the tax office services. Fraudsters only needed the name, date of birth and National Insurance Number of a person to access their details and change the bank account number for example. As a result child benefits, rent rebates, child care allowances and health insurance rebates could be diverted into the accounts of fraudsters.

In the past the tax office even advised people without a DigiD to use someone else’s so that they could fill in their tax returns on time. The tax office deliberately did not check whether the DigiD matched the digital signature of the customer. However since receiving a number of fraud complaints, the tax office has amended this.

A spokesperson for the tax office says this kind of fraud is no longer possible. He could not say how many people have been affected.

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