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Agency to probe small-time cheats

The Swedish Social Insurance Agency (Försäkringskassan) will be launching a probe into small-time benefits cheats in Sweden, offences that the agency claims have not been given the priority they deserve by police and prosecutors.

Agency to probe small-time cheats

“We are currently getting too little support by police and prosecutors when it comes to suspected crimes regarding smaller amounts. These crimes have not been prioritized and won’t be getting the attention that I wish they would get,” said the director general, Dan Eliasson, to daily Dagens Nyheter (DN).

According to Eliasson, police have not been that interested in pursuing investigations into people who cheat the agency out of some 10,000-20,000 kronor ($1,490 – $2,980).

However, the agency has been courting police and prosecutors in order to get them to see that these everyday crimes should be taken more seriously.

And Eliasson told the paper that this has had the desired result:

“Now there is a will to do this and I would be surprised if we didn’t see a shift toward that already by next year,” said Eliasson.

The agency will be looking especially into dental care claims and the claims for temporary parental benefit for care of children (Tillfällig föräldrapenning för vård av barn, VAB).

Eliasson explained that he didn’t want to discuss how much money the cheating involved but that it was a significant enough amount to warrant that the agency deals with it.

“Now that we are launching our investigation into small-time fraud we will catch a lot of cheats. At the same time it is important to remember that most people who make use of the social insurance actually want to pay their own way,” he told the paper.

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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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