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Man charged over million kronor ATM withdrawal

A man from Borås in western Sweden has been charged with fraud after taking advantage of a technical fault to withdraw 1.6 million kronor ($224,000) from a cash machine, despite having only a couple of thousand kronor in savings.

Man charged over million kronor ATM withdrawal

The man used his bank card to make a total of 315 withdrawals during the night of April 6th 2009 at several locations of the SEB bank in Borås and nearby Gothenburg, according to a report in the local Borås Tidning daily.

The 33-year-old has now been charged with aggravated fraud.

The man was easily identified, as he had used his own bank card, but is reported to have fled overseas for a while. When he returned to Sweden he turned himself in to the police.

The man is previously known to the police for crimes including narcotics offences and theft.

SEB was hit by several incidents during the evening before the fault was noticed and dealt with on April 7th.

A man in Landskrona in southern Sweden was, for example, able to withdraw 2.8 million kronor despite having only 80 kronor in his account. He was later convicted and sentenced to 22 months in prison.

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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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