Over 70 Norwegians and Swedes may have been defrauded out of 10 to 20 million kroner and kronor in total, according to newspaper Aftenposten. The money has been transferred to a Norwegian 41-year-old, who is resident of Moldova.
The newspaper spoke with several people who claim to have been tricked by the man.
– It has been a complete bluff. At first it appeared to be serious , but after a while I felt tricked into entangling myself in kind of project it was impossible for me to get out of, a woman from eastern Norway says .
Several of the people who were tricked into paying money, have met the Norwegian 41-year-old in Moldova. The transfers have in some of the cases been described as loans, at other times they were stated to be investments or fees for the payment multimillion-dollar loans.
– I lent money with the promise of getting double the amount back within two weeks. This has not occurred, a frustrated woman living in Sweden says.
The man behind the project, has reportedly presented himself as an adviser with a background in international banking. In 2009 he was convicted of a series of frauds and forgeries in Norway.
The police are aware of much of this, but so far no one has reported the man and because of this, they have not started an investigation. Aftenposten has tried to make contact with 41-year-old without success.
Source: NTB scanpix / Norway Today