Eurocard swaps thousand cards over security worry

Over 1,000 Swedish Eurocard holders are being issued with new cards following suspicions that fraudsters have got hold of some people's card details.

The credit card company said it was cancelling the large number of cards as a precautionary measure, adding that many of the cards called in were unlikely to have been subject to fraud.

“There are unfortunately always fraudsters and these things can happen,” said Sofia Fjellestad, Eurocard Sweden’s marketing manager.

“Eurocard has a good security system and acts early over any suspicions. This means that we can do something about the problem before the customer is affected,” she added.

Affected customers will receive a letter from Eurocard encouraging them to call the company. They will then be asked to destroy their card, and will be issued with a new card with a new number.

The company added that customers who do fall victim to thieves or fraudsters will not lose out financially.


‘Discount’ phone scammers steal thousands from elderly woman in Sweden

A 75-year-old woman in the Håbo municipality lost over 120,000 kronor (11,200 euros) on Friday after falling victim to a telephone scam.

'Discount' phone scammers steal thousands from elderly woman in Sweden
File photo: Anders Wiklund/ TT

The woman received a phone around lunchtime on Friday from a man who claimed he was calling from a telecommunications operator.

Following a method similar to others seen in telephone scams which target the elderly, the man is reported to have informed the woman that she had unused discounts and was required to log on to her online banking in order to activate them.

“He must have been persuasive, given that he convinced her to log on to her online bank,” Uppsala Police press spokesperson Linda Wideberg told Radio P4 Uppland, who reported the scam.

The incident is now being investigated as fraud, police said.

Other recent scams in Sweden have seen fake emails and text messages which purport to be from the Skatteverket tax authority. 

“Skatteverket will never ask for your account details via email or text message,” the tax agency said in a statement in June this year.