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ID fraud alert in Sweden - seem to have gone out of control as new wave of fraudulent identification cards in circulation

Saturday, 14 September 2013
Id theft continues to increase in Sweden and the police have been grappling with the problems of counterfeit identification cards that are bought online and then used to buy expensive stuff on credit in stores
Reports suggest that last year, 65,000 Swedes were prised out of some Skr2.7 billion through fraudulent means. The trend is equally depressing this year with reports that it continues to increase.
Police now have major problems with scammers who order fake IDs from the internet with information stolen from unsuspecting people and then make credit purchases in stores.

Fake ID exploding in SwedenHow they do is that they, the scammers collect the ID information of an unsuspecting person, then go on line, and order a fraudulent ID card usually issued by a bank and the Swedish tax authority or a fake passport. Since the personal number, a vital specific identification number used in Sweden to identify an individual is correct but the photo on the ID card or passport is that of the scammer, a shop assistant would feel that the details are correct since passing them through the in store vetting system, pictures do not accompany the OKed checks.
They go after expensive electronic products such as the Iphones, Ipads, laptops computers, and other very expensive portable products.

"They prefer electronics products which they buy such as a computer and ask to split the payment. This means that the fraudster goes home with the computer while the owner of identity gets the bill," says Jan Olsson of the Stockholm City police fraud coordination to Swedish Television News.
Police have surveillance pictures of a suspect man who bought goods for up to Skr100,000 in several stores in the Stockholm area. Unfortunately, he is not alone. There are several suspects acting in a similar manner, not only in Stockholm, but also all over Sweden.

"When you see these volumes, they are not for personal consumption, but for sale such as on internet site…" says Jan Olsson to Swedish television.
According to the police, the problem is that it is so easy to get hold of personal data in Sweden. Given the open system of the Swedish society, personal data are readily available and on demand but this system has to change as the Swedish society continues to evolve and trust dying down gradually.
The police are now calling for a change in the rules to make it harder for getting the identity information of another person.
By Team

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