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Major rise in ID theft

Published måndag 26 januari 2015 kl 12.19
En hög med kreditkort
The Swedish ID number is linked to a range of state and private services. Photo: Credit Cards/Sean MacEntee (flickr.com)/CC BY 2.0.

At least 9,933 people reported being targeted by identity theft last year, up by almost half from the year before.

UC credit check company says to news agency TT they have been contacted by people who want their money protected after they've suffered identity theft.

The biggest number of such crimes are reported in Stockholm, but the biggest increases are reported in rural areas. Stockholm saw a rise of 35 percent, up to 3,480, while Norrbotten saw its reported identity theft almost triple, up to 137.

The company says people should be more careful about sharing their bank and ID numbers on the web, and should lock up outside post boxes while they're on holiday.

UC is owned by Sweden’s biggest banks, Nordea, SEB, Handelsbanken and Swedbank.

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