Fraudsters trick 27 into paying for same flat

Police have arrested two people who conned 27 would-be tenants, many of whom were students, into paying a deposit on the same apartment in Stockholm.

An advert for the apartment, which is in the Stockholm district of Gärdet, was posted on Swedish buy-sell site Blocket as well as others for potential tenants to see.

Those interested in the apartment were even able to inspect it, with 27 of the house-hunters being so satisfied with what they saw that they gave over an advanced payment of 20,000 kronor ($2,989) to the con artists.

However, the would-be tenants were all told afterwards that the apartment had already been rented out.

“The two suspects have had access to the apartment and have made sure that the tenant applicants have had the chance to see it,” said criminal inspector Gunilla Hörndahl of the Stockholm police to the magazine Hem & Hyra.

“Coincidentally, two of the intending tenants noticed that they had looked at the same apartment and called us.”

The two fraudsters, who were arrested in the apartment, are believed to have netted over 500,000 kronor from the scam, which means they are now suspected of aggravated fraud, a crime which can result in up to six years in prison.

Police have launched an investigation.

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Stockholm Pride is a little different this year: here’s what you need to know 

This week marks the beginning of Pride festivities in the Swedish capital. The tickets sold out immediately, for the partly in-person, partly digital events. 

Pride parade 2019
There won't be a Pride parade like the one in 2019 on the streets of Stockholm this year. Photo: Stina Stjernkvist/TT

You might have noticed rainbow flags popping up on major buildings in Stockholm, and on buses and trams. Sweden has more Pride festivals per capita than any other country and is the largest Pride celebration in the Nordic region, but the Stockholm event is by far the biggest.  

The Pride Parade, which usually attracts around 50,000 participants in a normal year, will be broadcast digitally from Södra Teatern on August 7th on Stockholm Pride’s website and social media. The two-hour broadcast will be led by tenor and debater Rickard Söderberg.

The two major venues of the festival are Pride House, located this year at the Clarion Hotel Stockholm at Skanstull in Södermalm, and Pride Stage, which is at Södra Teatern near Slussen.

“We are super happy with the layout and think it feels good for us as an organisation to slowly return to normal. There are so many who have longed for it,” chairperson of Stockholm Pride, Vix Herjeryd, told the Dagens Nyheter newspaper.

Tickets are required for all indoor events at Södra Teatern to limit the number of people indoors according to pandemic restrictions. But the entire stage programme will also be streamed on a big screen open air on Mosebacketerassen, which doesn’t require a ticket.  

You can read more about this year’s Pride programme on the Stockholm Pride website (in Swedish).