After a large police operation with the code name Kapten Krok, a 26-year-old man from Malmö is now on trial, accused of having played a central role in a major fraud scandal, reports SVT. Since the end of 2019, a group that includes the 26-year-old has committed at least 266 crimes against mainly small business owners in western Sweden, and has exceeded SEK 154 million.
The approach has been so-called smishing, fake text messages that are alleged to come from the victim’s bank and claim that a fraud has been discovered. The recipient is asked to call a number to block the account, and those who follow the instructions are then tricked into creating a new Bank ID for the fraudsters.
The indictment against the 26-year-old specifically concerns six cases where a total of SEK 15 million has been stolen. His alleged role has been to find and guide goalkeepers who receive the stolen money and pass it on to foreign countries, cryptocurrencies or cash.
According to the police, several criminal networks are involved in the frauds, including the Vårbyn network, which has made it easier for fraudsters to recruit goalkeepers.
We recommend that you do not click on links or call numbers you receive via text message. If you receive an SMS that appears to come from, for example, your bank, you should go to the bank’s website and find the correct number.