Lewd crank calls lead to arrest of Karlstad man

A 59-year-old man in Karlstad in western Sweden has been arrested on suspicion of molestation and sexual molestation after making more than 300 lewd crank calls to the SOS Alarm emergency calls service.

Lewd crank calls lead to arrest of Karlstad man

Police raided the man’s home on Saturday evening, arrested the 59-year-old and confiscated his telephones.

“We have not yet managed to interview him. So we do not know why he did it,” Thore Persson at Karlstad police said to the news agency TT.

“He has spent two, three days ringing the emergency switchboard and said a load of smutty things down the telephone. The case concerns between 300 and 350 telephone calls.”

The man is now suspected of harassment and sexual molestation.

“The climax came during Friday evening. We then decided to report the man to police. The worst case scenario would be if such a call would block a genuine 112 emergency call. But is also a question of our operators’ work environment,” said Torbjörn Halldin at SOS Alarm in Karlstad.


Bluff bid for Swedish firm sparks market turmoil

An erroneous press release published on Friday indicating that Swedish firm Fingerprint Cards had been acquired by Samsung led to a sharp rise in the firm's stock and a criminal investigation once the mistake had been discovered.

Bluff bid for Swedish firm sparks market turmoil

“An investigation has shown that the company followed its routines and was subjected to a deliberate fraud attempt,” business wire service Cision, the firm responsible for publishing the press release, said in a statement on Friday.

Fingerprint Cards, a Gothenburg-based biometric technology firm, issued a denial on its homepage on Friday that it had been acquired by the Korean electronics giant.

“The news in today’s media that Fingerprint Cards AB has been acquired by Samsung is incorrect… What has happened will be reported to the police and to the Swedish Financial Supervisory Authority,” the firm wrote.

The matter is now being handled by the Swedish Economic Crimes Authority (Ekobrottsmyndigheten) which has opened a preliminary investigation into aggravated fraud.

Trading in the company’s stock was halted as soon as the abnormal share fluctuations were detected on Friday morning and all trades completed between 10.17am and 10.34 have been nullified.

Fingerprint Cards’ stock has been one of the Stockholm exchange’s strongest performers since the turn of the year, having climbed over 320 percent since January 1st.

The latest Apple Iphone incorporates the firm’s fingerprint sensor.

All trades from 10.17am have also been nullified in sector colleague Precise Biometrics, which also climbed steeply on Friday.

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