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Thousands of Swedes hit with porn surfing bills

The Local · 15 Mar 2013, 15:01

Published: 15 Mar 2013 15:01 GMT+01:00

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Police in Blekinge, south Sweden, have received over 3,000 reports about the company's fake porn surfing bills from people around the country.

The invoices threaten to expose the recipients as porn surfers if they don't pay.

The company behind the invoices in on the warning list of the Swedish Trade Federation (Svensk Handels).

"This is a form of blackmail. They send an SMS to them claiming they've been porn surfing and write something like 'if you don't pay we're going to expose you as a porn surfer on our website'," Per Geijer, head of security at the trade federation, told the TT news agency.

Billy Ingemarsson, head of the Blekinge police's IT crimes unit, told Sveriges Radio (SR) the current wave of complaints is the highest number of reports that have been filed with the Blekinge police, which may need to call in extra staff to deal with the case.

"We're getting between 15 and 25 reports every day," he told the broadcaster.

Ingemarsson is leading the investigation and said the company may be prosecuted over fraud, attempted blackmail and crimes against the Debt Recovery Act.

Most invoices are nearly identical, stating that the recipient has viewed a pornography site and has either downloaded or watched a film, thereby entering into an agreement with the site owners.

Reminder invoices with penalty fees are sent out to those who do not pay the original bill. In some cases, the amount doubled.

The company behind the invoices is based in Blekinge and has branches in the neighbouring Skåne province. It has been listed variously as LDB Finans and under personal names.

In another case, thousands of Swedes payed faked fines for surfing on porn sites, depositing millions into fraudsters' accounts.

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Letters sent out at the end of the summer of 2012 stated that the recipient had downloaded pornography and that the action had been traced.

In order to avoid charges being pressed, the fake letters stated, the person would have to pay a sum of between a few hundred kronor (100 kronor = $15) and several thousand kronor.

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Your comments about this article

16:35 March 15, 2013 by Logic_and_Reason
It will be interesting to see what kind of punishment the Swedish legal system metes out to this company, seeing as tax crimes often get stiffer penalties than sex crimes.
00:21 March 18, 2013 by LookerOn
They will have to catch them first. As has happened before when officials start looking into this sort of company they simply find some alcoholic 'malvakt' front man lying outside systembolaget, someone usually paid in bottles of vodka to give permission for his identity to be used as VD for the aktiebolag involved....
10:03 March 18, 2013 by storstark
the government run their own version of this, it's called a TV licence... the only difference between this and Radiotjänst is that here people have actually used the content before payment is unscrupulously demanded...
14:08 March 18, 2013 by recklessrashid
storstark is TOTALLY right!!! at the same time I have seen posts with people asking for names of politicians who supported the tv tax but with no response. if people don't hold politicians accountable nothing will change and i have no idea how you identify the politicians who introduced or voted for the tv tax. any ideas?
02:09 March 19, 2013 by chemo007
everything becomes legal with money...........:D
15:36 March 19, 2013 by CJ from Sunshine Desserts
Just restart in safe mode & download a stinger anti-virus from McAfee for example....worked for me. problem there will always be 1% who fall for this kind of scam....
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