Fraudsters use loot to go on stamp-buying binge

A man and a woman from Sundsvall in northern Sweden are under suspicion for skimming bank cards of hundreds of thousands of kronor and buying postage stamps for the money.

“For the man we are talking some 400,000 ($59,468) kronor and the woman between 150,000 and 200,000 kronor, said Peter Källman of the Sundsvall police to local paper Dagbladet.

Last Thursday, police were staking out a local post office, where the couple were to collect a package with stamps they had ordered over the internet.

The pair managed to escape officers on that occasion, but the day after the man was apprehended by police, according to the paper.

The couple are suspected of stealing details off unsuspecting victims’ bank cards and going on an internet stamp-buying spending spree.

“Why they have chosen to buy stamps we simply don’t know,” said Källman to the paper.

However, according to Dagbladet, similar investigations are being carried out in other places in Sweden and police suspect that the Sundsvall couple are simply a small cog in a much larger fraudulent operation.

Local police were alerted when a foreign bank contacted Swedish Swedbank, following a series of incidents where their clients’ accounts had been raided.

The share of the money which came the Sundsvall couple’s way was used to finance their philatelistic frenzy, according to the paper.

The man has been interrogated by police but denies all allegations against him. The police will file a remand request later in the week, according to Dagbladet.

Officers are still searching for the woman who remains at large.

The Local/rm

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