Nearly 60 percent of all fraud complaints in Sweden are based on some form of identity hijacking. 85 000 persons last year were ID hijacked, which is an increase of more than 20 percent compared with the year before, according to information from the Swedish Police. This means that about 350 Swedes daily get ID hijacked. If the trend continues at this rate, nearly 130 000 people will have their identities hijacked before this year is over.
My name is Anna-Karin Kjellgren and I work in Fraud Management with Preventing Online Fraud. In my daily work I try to see and find trends in the online fraud world in order to protect, inform and prevent. My goal is to stop it before it happens.
Like it or not, there’s a huge amount of personal data about all of us floating around on the internet that could be of a great interest for a fraudster.
Did you know that 600 000 Facebook accounts are compromised every day? Also, 1 out of 10 social media users said they’ve been a victim of a cyber-attack and these numbers are on the rise. Now this is a cyber security statistic which we don’t want to be a part of.
So what can you do to be safer online?
- Limit the personal information you share on social media, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and other social media sites. Too many personal details like your home address, phone number, daily whereabouts and habits, give fraudsters plenty of information to use against you.
- Always check the recipient of an email and the source of a message.
- Keep all your banking codes for yourself. They are personal and should not be used by someone else!
- Purchase anti-virus software. No anti-virus solution can defend against every threat that seeks to jeopardize your information, but they can help protect against some.
- Don’t trust people blindly. And don’t give away confidential information to strangers
/Anna-Karin Kjellgren, Fraud Management at Nordea.