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Helping the rich in spending money: Fraudsters emptied bank accounts of wealthy Norwegians

Posted by African Press International on September 24, 2007

Armed with fake bank cards, fraudsters have emptied bank accounts of dozens of wealthy Norwegians. Eight people are now charged in connection with the fraud, but police think more people could be involved.

The fraudsters allegedly used computers to make fake bank cards. Using the bank cards as fake IDs, they allegedly convinced banks to withdraw money from bank accounts belonging to wealthy Norwegians, newspaper VG reported Wednesday. A total of NOK 8 million (about USD 1,4 million) was stolen from the 34 victims, mainly wealthy people.

“The criminal group has deliberate sought out wealthy victims,” police attorney Knut Horn in the Oslo police said.

Eight people have so far be been charged in connection with the fraud, but police believe that as many as 18 people could be members of the criminal group allegedly behind the fraud.

“This is an extensive case with principals who belong to a criminal network,” said police chief inspector Tommy Lien.

Lifted and published by Korir, API*APN source.aftenposteneng

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