Fake e-mails in circulation about coronavirus

13 March 2020

At the moment, fake e-mails are circulating in the Netherlands, and worldwide, promising more information about the coronavirus.

These are an attempt by criminals to infect recipients with malicious software or to obtain personal information.
The fake e-mails that are circulating in the Netherlands look as if they come from the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM). RIVM advises the Dutch government on the coronavirus.

Report and delete the fake e-mail immediately

If you receive an e-mail from the RIVM or from Avans that looks like the picture below, do not click anything.

Fake e-mail RIVM (click on the enlargement)

Report phishing mails (fake e-mail) of this type immediately to ServicePunt or the IT Services Helpline (088 - 525 8888) and send the e-mail to This will enable us to respond quickly and take measures to prevent damage. Delete the fake e-mail immediately after you have forwarded it to us.

More information

On you will find the following page: ‘Eerste hulp bij digitale veiligheid’. Learn more about recognising fake e-mails and other phishing activities.

Last updated on 13 March 2020.