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Nine convicted for internet sex scams

A group of friends in western Sweden have been convicted of gross fraud for swindling several Swedish men out of more than one million kronor by pretending to be women on the internet.

The friends successfully swindled approximately 20 men around Sweden out of more than one million kronor by pretending to be women and luring them with naked photos.

Now nine out of a group of ten friends in Uddevalla in western Sweden have been convicted of gross fraud and acting as accessory to gross fraud, among other charges. The defendants received a range of sentences, including juvenile detention, juvenile community service, fines and probation, according to local media.

The majority of the convicted individuals are in their twenties. One of those convicted was found innocent on the charge of internet fraud.

By offering men naked pictures and sex videos over the internet, they lured the men into revealing their personal numbers and bank accounts. Then they drained the men’s bank accounts. One man was swindled out of almost half a million kronor.

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‘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.

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