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Norwegian online banking customers swindled out of millions

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In recent months, the police have received over 50 messages from online banking customers who have been scammed for more than NOK 17 million

Police Attorney Kjetil Linge Tomren in the Western Police District is investigating two such cases, writes Bergensavisen.

“The victims have been contacted by phone and by people claiming to be from a Norwegian or foreign banks. Online banking customers are then encouraged to use BankID for verification,” Tomren says.

Those who are contacted are referred to what appears to be the bank’s website, but which is in fact a fictitious webpage. The information entered is then used to drop into the account.

“With the help of BankID, the fraudsters get into the real bank to the victim and clear out the account. Everything is happening very fast,” says police officer Julie Eikeland in the Western Police District.

On a nationwide basis, the police have received more than 50 reports. There is talk of more than NOK 17 million and around 200 people have been affected.

“The money is transferred to intermediaries and exchanged for cryptocurrency. They leave few traces. The scams have affected all age groups. The youngest is 20 years old, while the oldest is 90,” Eikeland says.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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