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Hairdresser jailed for defrauding 80-year-old

A 29-year-old hairdresser from the Jönköping area in southern Sweden has been sentenced to 18 months in prison and ordered to pay damages to an elderly client, after bamboozling her out of large sums of money.

“The aggravated fraud amounted to significant sums and has meant particularly serious damage to the old woman,” the court wrote in the verdict, according to Sveriges Radio (SR).

The hairdresser met her client for the first time in 2008, but didn’t start pressuring her for money until 2010.

In order to get several pay-outs from her client, the hairdresser told the old woman on separate occasions that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer, that her partner had died, and that she had been evicted from her apartment.

The 80-year-old woman felt sorry for her hairdresser and kept lending her money to deal with her various hardships, a sum that amounted to some 1.6 million kronor ($241,000) over four years.

As evidence for the crime, the prosecutor presented several begging letters from the 29-year-old to the old woman as well as documents proving the bank transactions.

The court found no evidence that the hairdresser ever intended to pay back any of the money, which mainly went to finance the heavy drug addiction of a man she was romantically involved with and who was living with her at the time, reported local paper Jönköpings Nytt.

The hairdresser admitted during the trial to defrauding the old woman.

The court sentenced her on Wednesday to 18 months in prison and ordered her to pay back the money she had taken from the elderly client.

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FRAUD

‘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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