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Fraud Galore in February

09. March 2005

The February scams campaign has now come to a close. Throughout the month consumers forwarded their scams to the Danish Consumer Ombudsman’s special fraud mailbox.

PRESS RELEASE

9-11 March 2005

The February scams campaign has now come to a close. Throughout the month consumers forwarded their scams to the Danish Consumer Ombudsman’s special fraud mailbox.

The mailbox, now closed, abounded with more than a thousand spam mails of which more than 750 were directly related to scam. The so-called Nigeria letters accounted for somewhere around fifty per cent, thirty per cent were categorised as phoney lottery winning notifications whereas approximately fifteen per cent of the scam mails were designed to trick recipients into disclosing credit card information etc., also known as "phishing".

Fortunately, only few of the recipients who contacted us had in fact responded to these scams, and none of them had lost any money in the process.

"It seems that not a whole lot of tricksters and scammers have their way with Danish users. The purpose of the campaign just finished was to make the Danish public alert to the serious consequences of responding to these tantalising messages. That, we believe, is the best way to combat scammers and their fraudulent activities," says the Danish Consumer Ombudsman, Hagen Jørgensen.

A sweep action on 21 – 22 February, taking place in 25 countries simultaneously around the world, also constituted part of the campaign. For further information, please see the Danish Consumer Ombudsman’s website.

The February campaign was co-ordinated under the auspices of the International Consumer Protection Enforcement Network (ICPEN), a network for national consumer law and protection authorities in which the Danish Consumer Ombudsman also participates.

National results are to be discussed at the ICPEN meeting in Edinburgh 10-11 March 2005.

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