More than 150,000 Norwegians have experienced identity theft

Man using online bank DNB.OSLO.Man using online bank DNB. Photo: Kyrre Lien / SCANPIX

Over the past two years,  more than 150,000 Norwegians have suffered from ID theft, according to a new NorSIS survey.

According to Norwegian Centre for Information Security (NorSIS), there is a small increase of ID thefts compared with previous years. The  cases also involve greater amount of money than previously  NRK. writes

– There have been made purchases for over one million. Now they go on very many victims and exploit them until they are caught, says Christian Meyer, a senior adviser in NorSIS.

The head of profit group at the central police station in Oslo, Roar H. Kvassheim, says that most ID theft happens on the Internet.

– Among other things, products are purchased online by creating credit agreements and down payment deals. the ID thief orders the products, and the victim gets the bill afterwards. This will cause big trouble for those who have to prove that  they did not order the products, he said.

Kjell Ola Kleiven security officer in Risk Information Group, believes organized crime is behind much of the ID fraud and believes many are naive and sloppy with sensitive information.

One can never be hundrer percent secure, but it may help to be more aware of the kinds of personal information you share, explains Meyer in NorSIS.

– The most important thing is to be careful with personal information in social media, have a lock on the mailbox outside the house and shred your  garbage, he says.


Source: NTB scanpix / Norway Today