Helpdesk fraud

What is helpdesk fraud?

There are several common variations of this form of help desk fraud:

  1. You receive a call from an English-speaking person from a so-called helpdesk (e.g. from Microsoft) with the message that there is a problem with your computer. They usually indicate that you have been hacked, or that you have a virus or an outdated license on your computer. The so-called helpdesk employee can solve the problems for you, for a fee in Bitcoin or other digital currency.

  2. Via a pop-up on your phone or computer with the message that your computer is infected with a virus or that your files have been blocked. To solve/unblock this you have to call a (usually) Dutch telephone number. When this number is called you will get an English speaking person on the line who will say that the problems can be solved for a fee.

  3. Via a fake helpdesk telephone number that you found on the internet (via a good-looking fake website from, for example, Microsoft). When this number is called, you will get an English-speaking person on the line who will say that the problems can be solved for a fee.

  4. It is also possible that you are contacted via WhatsApp by a person pretending to be a Bitvavo employee, but Bitvavo does not offer WhatsApp support. The malicious person will create a form of urgency and ask for certain information to be provided (such as a selfie). The ultimate goal is to take over your account and send the digital currency to your own wallet. If you receive a striking message via WhatsApp, Telegram, Signal or by SMS, we would like to request you to report this to

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I received a call from [phone number]. Was this you?

We never call without making an appointment with you first. If you receive a call and you haven't scheduled an appointment with us, you can be sure that this is not a real Bitvavo employee calling.

What can you do if you suspect you are dealing with a fake helpdesk?

  • Hang up the phone if you receive an unsolicited call from a helpdesk employee.
  • Do not respond to questions/threats.
  • Do not give access to your computer (via remote-controlled programs).
  • Do not transfer Bitcoin or other digital currencies.
  • Disconnect from the internet and turn off your computer.
  • Spread the word to family and friends.
  • Call your bank and file a report.
  • Inform

N.B. If you have (accidentally) shared your login details in the context of the above, we advise you to consult the following article.

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