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Man cons 50 Swedes in online shopping scam

A man has been charged with aggravated fraud after he conned internet users in Sweden into parting with over 400,000 kronor ($61,100) for items that the buyers never received.

Man cons 50 Swedes in online shopping scam

The man, a 32-year-old resident of Falköping in Sweden’s south, used popular buy-sell website Blocket to make the fortune.

On the website, he tricked Swedes into shopping for goods that he didn’t own, then collected the money without sending any product in return.

Over a period of three months beginning in February this year, the 32-year-old managed to sell to over 50 people across the country on the popular site.

On Monday, the man was charged by the Skaraborg District Court on the suspicion of aggravated fraud.

The man had two male accomplices aged 23 and 61, each of whom has been charged with on the suspicion of abetting the crime. The men were responsible for running the bank account where the conned money was deposited.

Blocket, which is similar to eBay, is Sweden’s largest buy-sell site and the third most visited website in the country.

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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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