Police warn: Telephone fraud is at new record levels

These are hectic times in the police’s fraud department. Last week, it was warned about a large wave of scam text messages that risk snatching card information or installing malicious software on the phone. Now defends the police because telephone fraud as a phenomenon has reached record levels in the form of reports – at the same time as fraud as a whole is a decreasing concern.

Vishing, as it is also called, involves deceiving the victims via telephone calls. For example, it can be about persuading the person to install various insidious programs on the computer or log in with their Bank ID. The fraudsters often act in a very credible way and not infrequently they try to make the person at the other end believe that he is exposed to risk.

– It is a very serious development that the number of fishing cases continues to increase. Fraudsters are constantly finding new ways to cheat people of their assets and in these scams, fraudsters are taking advantage of gaps in the technical systems and the public’s lack of knowledge about how the systems work, says Lotta Mauritzson at the National Fraud Center, in a comment.

Telephone fraud in particular tends to have people over the age of 70 in the binoculars. Younger people are more often exposed to various card, advertising or identity frauds. During the period January to November 2021, the increase in the number of reported telephone frauds has been over 60 percent compared with the same period in 2020, the police write.

This week, the police will increase awareness of various frauds with a major information campaign. Here you can read more about how to protect yourself against telephone fraud.