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Beware of fake police officers in Amsterdam

From time to time, tourists in Amsterdam are approached by tricksters who masquerade as police officers. They pretend to search tourists for counterfeit money while stealing their cash and credit cards.

How do the fake police officers operate?

The tricksters usually come in groups of three. The first trickster approaches his victim to ask for directions or something similarly harmless. Then the two others appear, claim to be police officers and search the victim's bags- usually under the pretence of looking for counterfeit money. While searching, they take at least some of the money and credit cards from inside the bag.

How do I recognise a fake police officer?

The tricksters are often in plain clothes, some wear a uniform. Sometimes they show a fake police ID. It is not a standard procedure for the Dutch police to ask tourists about their possible counterfeit money. If you are not sure what to make of the situation and you have any doubts about it, don’t hesitate to contact the police by phone at 112.

This is how Dutch police officers look like:

Uniform