A new wave of fraud against the elderly has emerged in Stockholm County at the beginning of the year. The police are now warning of perpetrators who pretend to call from Elgiganten with a warning that someone has tried to buy expensive stuff or subscribe in the victim’s name.
What follows if the victim would initially go on the scam seems to vary. In some cases, the fraudsters have wanted the person to log in to their Bank ID, swish large sums of money into “secure” accounts or give away card details or one-time codes. The police warn that the fraudsters seem to be reading about their potential victims and are acting in a very convincing way.
In some cases, the fraudster has also asked about any valuables in the home and informed that you should “send someone” with a personal alarm or to pick up the valuables. It is often mentioned that the alleged perpetrator has an “Arabic name”.
The police are concerned about the current fraud.
– We must stop this. Fraudsters are constantly finding new ways to deceive people. Our call is: Do not give out card details to strangers who call even if they are convincing. Do not swisha or log in to BankID. Hang up the phone and dial a number you have brought to your bank if necessary. Be very questionable, says Fanny Göthberg, at the fraud section at the Police in the Stockholm region.
Even if it is Elgiganten that is mentioned in the Police’s various examples, the fraudsters can quickly change tactics. Thus, do not follow similar calls from unknown callers regardless of which company they are pretending to represent.