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Poker sites used in fraud scheme

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19:50 CEST+02:00
A new kind of internet fraud is being investigated by police in Skövde, TV4 Skaraborg reported on Thursday.

The case relates to people who have lost money on poker sites - without ever having visited them.

Nine Skaraborg residents have reported that their bank accounts have been emptied. According to their bank statements they have each lost an average of 10,000 kronor playing internet poker, despite the fact that not one of them has visited the web sites.

But now police think they have identified a common thread. All nine have shopped in the same place in Skövde and paid there with cards.

Police believe that a cashier at the shop wrote down both the account number and the card's security code, and then used the details in online poker rooms. The fraudster is thought to have registered with false names and addresses and then supplied the details from the cards.

The nine people who were affected have had their money back, and police say they have an idea who was behind the fraud.

"The banks aren't putting any pressure on the poker sites to begin checking that the card number matches the name - maybe that's a bit slack," said police inspector Christer Jönsson to TV 4 Skaraborg.

TT/The Local

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