80-year-old swindled in internet lottery fraud

An elderly gentleman in central Sweden was swindled out of his life savings by a fraudulent email claiming he had won £450,000 ($715,000).

80-year-old swindled in internet lottery fraud

At the end of September, an 80-year-old man from Västerås in central Sweden received an email announcing that he had won around 5 million kronor in a lottery.

The email instructed the man to send money abroad in order to collect his prize.

He transferred funds on several occasions to a bank account in England, according to local media. In total, the octogenarian parted with 800,000 kronor ($110,000).

When the 80-year-old then his daughter for a loan in order to transfer even more, she reported the incident to the police.

“You never cease to be surprised. He will never see that money again,” Börje Strömberg, press officer for the Västerås police, told the Västmanlands Läns Tidning (VLT).

Strömberg added that there was little that police could do except to warn people about such scams.

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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.