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By | May 9, 2023

Scam: How cunning people trick unsuspecting citizens by selling various machines or products. Detailed instructions on how to deal with them. All the details in

Greek companies must be particularly careful in their cooperation with “Dutch” Internet companies, as the Office for Economic and Commercial Affairs of the Greek embassy in The Hague points out in its information documents to the cameras.

The cases in question refer to the deception about the alleged sale of mainly machines by non-existent companies, which are presented through the Internet. They have common features and elements, which probably demonstrates the participation of the same people in them.

In particular, several “Dutch” companies appear on Internet websites, which hijack legitimate Dutch company details, such as addresses or even details of the latter’s registration with the country’s Chamber of Commerce.

In some cases, the name of non-existent companies is close to that of legitimate companies. In fact, in two cases the companies/ghosts used as the address of their supposed warehouses the same real address of the warehouse of a legitimate company that was unaware of the fact. This is a warehouse at Lindeboomseweg 15 B, 3828 NG Hoogland.

The previous use of the same element (store address) by two apparently different cases of “companies”, as well as some of their telephone numbers matching except for the last elements (starting with 337-44-00- in two cases) testify to the interconnection of the cases of these. There is also an (apparent) geographical concentration of them since the non-existent companies, based on their supposed domiciles, are located in the area of ​​Utrecht (Amersfoort) and North Holland.

These are the companies:


– From BAU

– 248 International (parent company: 248 International ltd Bulgaria – see website )

– Stam Machinery (part of the brand of the legal company Stam Bouwmachines BV has been appropriated)

The OEY Office notes that it has informed the competent Dutch authorities, however, according to the latter, for them to take action, the victim must file a complaint. “Therefore, we recommend that Greek companies be particularly careful in their cooperation with ‘Dutch’ Internet companies, no matter how plausible the information presented is. Four cases have already been reported to our Office in one month,” the Office says. of the OEY.

Emphasis is placed, as far as Greek companies are concerned, on contacting the EI Office before proceeding with any relevant cooperation, in order, as far as possible, to verify whether your potential partner’s company exists legally .

Finally, it is recalled that to verify the existence of a company, it helps to know the registration number in (KvK) at the Dutch Chamber of Commerce (Kamer van Koophandel – KvK) and therefore Greek companies must request it from companies dutch with which they intend to enter into cooperation.

Scam: Dutch “company” allegedly operating in the food business

In addition, the IE Office in The Hague reported in its document that a Dutch “company” ( is presented on the Internet, which is supposed to be active in the food sector (nuts, oils, beverages, sugary products , etc.) .lp), with the following contact information:

Company name: Argentrade,

CEO: Levis Barris



Main office address: Veerhaven 4, 3016 CJ Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Phone: +31 9700 5031 268

WhatsApp: +31 616 911 902

VAT: NL802155583B01


However, according to an investigation by the Security Office in The Hague, the “company” in question has largely hijacked the contact information belonging to a completely legal company (this is Argentrade International BV, which is dedicated to to the wholesale of meat). .

In particular, his name, postal address and Dutch Chamber of Commerce (KvK) registration number have been hijacked, while also his website and email are similar to the corresponding details of the legal company.

In this way, in a first search the impression can be formed that it is a really existing legal company.

Therefore, exporters are called upon, in case of any doubts about a Dutch company with which they intend to cooperate, to contact the EY Office in The Hague.

More information

EIF office in The Hague

Hours (Greece time): 10.00-17.00

Phone: (003170)3561199

FAX: (003170)3615747


Scam: Reminder

Finally, in the corresponding informative document, it is recalled that the registration of a company in the registry of a chamber and the existence of contact details (address, telephone, fax, email) do not constitute a guarantee of solvency, nor do they ensure perfect cooperation. with the.

Both imports and exports are guaranteed only by the exact description of the terms of the transaction (price, quantity, date of shipment, transportation costs, method of payment, processing of defective products) and by the issuance of a bank guarantee of credit (letter of credit), which in the case of exports, must be an irrevocable letter of credit.

Any other form of trading involves serious risk and should therefore be avoided. In particular, advance payments should be avoided on imports, while on exports they should only be accepted for the entire transaction after they appear in your bank account (and not with the deposit slip). In case you decide to carry out the transaction in another way, it is recommended to minimize the risk by insuring the transaction (import/export insurance).

Fraud: Police instructions to citizens

The Directorate for the Prosecution of Electronic Crimes informs the public:

Do not share electronic banking codes, that is, username and password, or card numbers on unknown websites.

It is noted that banks never, in any way, request the codes of the clients through the Internet (online),

  • If the mobile phone stops working for unusual reasons, they should contact the mobile operator immediately.
  • telephony and confirm that the SIM card has not been replaced,
  • to check the movements of your bank accounts frequently,
  • have updated software and antivirus software,
  • limit personal information, especially on social networks,
  • not to open suspicious hyperlinks and not to send information and personal data to anyone,
  • use strong passwords and
  • if possible, if they don’t associate your phone number with confidential online accounts.

In any case, it is recalled that citizens can contact, anonymously or by name, the Directorate for the Prosecution of Electronic Crimes, in order to provide information or report illegal or fraudulent acts or activities carried out through the Internet, in the following Contact information:

Phone: 11188
Sending an email to:
Via twitter: @CyberAlertGR
Through the Hellenic Police portal (
Through the smartphone application: CYBERKID

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