How embarrassing for Sweden’s e-leg!

Or is it?  Not really, it was an id fraud just waiting to happen, so if it is no surprise than it is not embarrassing really..... except it was top Swedish profiles that had their e-leg used fraudulently. That was pretty awkward for Telia, SBAB, Avanza and the Swedish Tax Authority ....and the party poppers … Continue reading How embarrassing for Sweden’s e-leg!

Where is your id…..your Swedish identity?

64 thousand Swedish identities were hijacked in 2013. Population of Sweden is today around 9,5 million. This means that the crime of identity fraud impacted around 0,8 percent of the Swedish population. "So what, that's nothing?" You are thinking.... Nevertheless this is almost 1 in a 100 of Swedish residents who have been a victim … Continue reading Where is your id…..your Swedish identity?

Kapade Spotify-grundarens identitet

I am amazed at how little publicity there was on Daniel Eks, founder of Spotify that had his identity stolen. The identity fraudster purchased goods of nearly 1 million kronor in his name and has now been indicted to 2 years in prison. A small price to pay for 1 million kronor don't you think? … Continue reading Kapade Spotify-grundarens identitet

Krafttag krävs mot id-kapning I Sverige

The rapid increase in identity fraud in Sweden is gaining some media attention (http://www.svd.se/opinion/brannpunkt/krafttag-kravs-mot-id-kapning_3767990.svd). However they are missing the point. The solution is not to purely simplify the 'clean-up process, but to change the law. And changing the law is not purely about criminalizing the crime but to enforce an individual's basic fundamental right to … Continue reading Krafttag krävs mot id-kapning I Sverige

How much is your child’s identity worth?

Well quite a lot according to some sources. I found a Child Identity Theft Education Kit that you may find useful. I am looking around for more on this subject. I have not heard that there is so much of a problem here in the Nordics, but in the United States there seems to be … Continue reading How much is your child’s identity worth?

So how does one use a stolen identity in Sweden?

Well the identity-thief collects the ID information of an unsuspecting person, previous articles on this blog give a background on how easy it is to steal a Swedish resident's personal ID. One way is that the identity thief then goes on line, and orders a fraudulent ID card and/or a fake passport. Hence since the … Continue reading So how does one use a stolen identity in Sweden?

In Sweden 6 of 10 digits of personal ID is public by law

This makes you vulnerable to identity theft. Swedish residents have no legal right to protect their personal identifying information (PII) which includes the first 6 digits of the 10 digits (AAMMDD-xxxx) of Swedish IDs. Except is if you have a protected identity. Following is the response I received from one of the credit reporting agencies … Continue reading In Sweden 6 of 10 digits of personal ID is public by law

Sweden is a smorgasbord for identity fraud!

If you are Swedish, are you not concerned who maybe using your identity to purchase something online and then pick up your purchase with a false id-card? You should be, di.se is reporting on this, read more here. Why do I claim that Sweden is easy picking for identity thieves? Look at yesterdays post. If … Continue reading Sweden is a smorgasbord for identity fraud!

Watch out for your identity – if you live in Sweden

Hopping mad you should be if you are a Swedish resident, after taking a visit here http://www.ratsit.se, and search for your name. This is against the Data Protection directive, of which Personuppgiftslagen (PUL) is the legal enactment of. I am so bored of asking to have my name removed, only for it to pop up … Continue reading Watch out for your identity – if you live in Sweden

Turning the identity thing upside down

Haven't you thought it as strange that your digital identity becomes weaker the more it is exposed? In fact is it an identity at all? After all it is only a record in a database, or an object comprised of attributes in an X.500 tree, or something written on a plastic 'id card'. It is … Continue reading Turning the identity thing upside down