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Telefonbedrägerier against the older half of the

the So-called "vishing" – bank fraud over the phone – was a known phenomenon in the autumn of 2017. Vishing involves, above all, the elderly are called by fraudsters claiming to represent the person's bank and to have access to the different bank codes, in order to be able to deceive large amounts of money.

– be able To the victim to leave from for example, a response code from a bank token or log on to the mobile bank-id during the call, " says Lotta Mauritzson, brottsförebyggare on the police national bedrägericenter.

recorded the highest number of completed telefonbedrägerier – 258 notified offences for a total sum of sek 38 million. It got the police to decide if a so-called national special event, to be able to handle the large increase in fraud during the summer of 2018. And now, it seems that the police's efforts have yielded results, according to a new measurement.

– If you compare with the summer of 2018, the number of completed crimes has been halved, which of course is great. We are not in the goal, but we have come a long way, " says Lotta Mauritzson.

In January of this year, registered 119 notified cases of telefonbedrägerier. The reduction has its explanation in a comprehensive crime prevention to enhance public knowledge and ability to resist attacks of fraud.

" We have worked a lot with banks, but also with the information campaigns where we are talking about that this is occurring and what to do – or rather not do – if you receive a call. We have tried to liken it to handing over their keys – and with that you leave out your codes you have given out the key to your money.

the month of January amounted to ten million, a reduction of almost 30 million since August.

Most of the victims are older.

– 70% of victims are over the age of 70. Many lose their life savings, so it affects very hard. Many feel ashamed that they have been exposed, but it absolutely should not do. Fraudsters are very skilled in the social game and know which buttons they should press.

Those who perform telefonbedrägerier has often linked to other serious criminal activity, according to Lotta Mauritzson.

– We see that the same people appear in the weapons - and drug-related offences and to brottsvinsterna from vishing to finance other criminal activities. There is nothing you will on a Saturday afternoon. You understand how the system works and have an organization around him.

Telefonbedrägerier is a serious crime. In a ruling in January sentenced three persons to two years and six months and two years and eleven months in prison for vishing.

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