Behind this were malicious actors who want to get to sensitive data of small and medium-sized companies. T-Online users are particularly affected, explains the EU authority. Deutsche Telekom announced countermeasures.
The fraudsters use counterfeit, existing, personal email addresses – in the current case from the spokesman for the European Commission in Germany, Reinhard Hönighaus. Similar emails had already been sent from the fraudulent eu-coronahilfe.de domain in July and October. This is now blocked.
In Germany, bridging aid for companies is granted by the federal and state governments and not directly by the European Union. Information on this can be found on the web address ueberbrueckungshilfe-unternehmen.de set up by the federal government.
A deceptively real-looking letter, an unannounced visit at home or an unexpected phone call: disguised as alleged employees of the pension insurance, fraudsters try to obtain personal data or even the bank details of insured persons.
At present, according to the German Pension Insurance Association, dubious calls in particular are frequent. A typical scam:
In the cases mentioned, it is not a matter of calls from employees or persons commissioned by them, explains the pension insurance. Under no circumstances should those affected transfer money at home or abroad as a result of telephone requests.
In a brochure, the pension insurance company presents the most common tricks used by fraudsters and explains how you can best protect yourself from them.
The brochure can also be ordered from the free service hotline on 0800/1000 4800 or downloaded online from the pension insurance website.
Even if you have the money for it: Ordering a Playstation 5 (PS5) online is difficult or even impossible these days due to the high demand. As a silver lining on the gamer’s horizon, there appear PS5 competitions, which can currently be found on many Internet sites and also in social networks.
These competitions can be serious, but they don’t have to be. Contests and raffles are often used to collect data for advertising purposes. Criminal phishing attacks or the fraudulent collection of likes can also be behind it.
In any case, you should critically examine who is behind the competition and whether it is worth giving up your data for a competition, advises the Lower Saxony consumer center.
Build a large fortune with small amounts – such promises just sound too good. Beware, fraudsters are often lurking behind them, warns the Association of German Banks in Berlin. However, consumers can protect themselves with simple tricks:
In several places in Germany, according to the police, fraudsters in public spaces have posed as corona inspectors. The trick: As alleged security officials, they collect fines from people who are without mouth and nose protection or who do not adhere to the distance rules. This is how you can recognize real controllers:
It is also important to know: “Nobody is obliged to pay a fine in cash,” says the state and federal police crime prevention department.