Playboy poser strikes again

A looming jail sentence didn't stop a 31-year-old Swedish woman found guilty of defrauding several men she met online from luring other unsuspecting victims out of their money with sob stories and images of Playboy models.

Playboy poser strikes again

In April, the Borås District Court convicted the woman of gross fraud, sentencing her to a year-and-a-half in prison and ordering her to pay 282,000 kronor ($35,100) in damages. She lured her male victims using a picture of Cori Nadine, an American Playboy playmate, falsely claiming to herself be a model for Playboy magazine.

Since her trial, two more men have filed police reports, claiming the woman has defrauded them of a total of 537,000 Swedish kronor ($76,000).

Prosecutor Mats Ljungqvist told Borås Tidning newspaper that the woman has maintained the same modus operandi and that the crimes are nearly identical. The woman has not yet begun to serve her jail sentence.

The previous incidents involved the woman asking the men she met online for money, regaling them with tall tales of a fictional daughter who was suffering from leukemia. The 31-year-old also claimed she was being pursued by the mob. Her heart-wrenching pleas prompted her male victims to send her more than 500,000 kronor in total.

The woman denies the new accusations and claims that the money was a loan and a gift. She was arrested on Sunday on charges of gross fraud and fraud.

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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.