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Thousands of reports since identity theft law was introduced

Published fredag 4 november 2016 kl 09.23
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It can be difficult for investigators to track down the person who has been stealing identities. Credit: Janerik Henriksson/TT

There have been 6,000 reports of identity theft since a new law to combat it came into force this summer, but so far only one person has been convicted.

The new law was introduced to counter offences such as using someone else’s identity on social media or ordering goods or services in another person’s name without their permission.

Being found guilty can result in a fine or up to two years in prison. So far only one person has been prosecuted and convicted for violating the law.

Jan Olsson, who is an investigator at the police’s national anti-fraud centre,  told Swedish Radio it can often be hard to track down the person stealing an identity.

Despite that, he said the new law has had an effect on making someone who is thinking of using another identity without permission to reconsider.

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