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Armed thieves steal Audi in Copenhagen carjacking

Two men carrying pistols succeeded in stealing an Audi from its driver near Copenhagen on Sunday in a form of crime rarely seen in Denmark.

Armed thieves steal Audi in Copenhagen carjacking
A photo from the coast at Klampenborg, where the carjacking took place. Photo: Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix

The incident took place in Klampenborg to the north of the Danish capital just after 7pm on Sunday, North Zealand Police confirmed.

After a man parked his car, an Audi, near his home, he was approached by two men each carrying a pistol, police said.

He was forced to hand over the keys to the car, which the two men then used to drive from the scene.

“One of them said ‘give me everything you have!’,” North Zealand Police superintendent Allan Lørup said.

The car owner was confronted by the weapon at a distance of no more than one metre and was struck on the head before being forced to relinquish the keys.

The robbery took place at 7:22pm.

Police have called for potential witnesses to come forward, including those who might have seen a dark blue Audi driving away from the area near Strandvejen and Teglgaardsvej.

According to the description provided by the police, one of the men is 20-25 years old, around 190-195 centimetres in height, slender and of African appearance.

The man, who spoke Danish, was wearing a hoodie or rain jacket that was fastened around the face.

The second robber was not as tall as his accomplice. No further description of him is given in the police daily report.

The two men arrived at the scene in a smaller car, but it is uncertain whether they had followed the Audi prior to the carjacking, Lørup said on Monday afternoon.

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DIGITAL ID

Danish NemID scam victims can apply for compensation

Victims of scammers who trick their victims through misuse of the NemID online identity system can now apply for compensation.

Danish NemID scam victims can apply for compensation

Scams in which callers trick their victims into handing over NemID information – the login system used to access banking, public services and other secure online platforms in Denmark – have been regularly reported in recent years, often targeting older people.

The perpetrators have also been known to use email or other forms of initial contact.

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People who have lost money to certain scams of this type could now be awarded compensation, broadcaster DR reports.

Denmark residents who have been targeted in NemID scams can from Monday apply for compensation if they have lost money which should have been paid into their bank accounts.

According to the Danish Agency for Digitisation (Digitaliseringsstyrelsen), the scammers often change victims’ so-called NemKonto to a different account which they control.

A NemKonto is the designated current account used to receive salaries as well as payments from the state such as pensions, child support or unemployment benefits.

As such, regular payments that should be received by the victim go to a different bank account.

During the first six months of the compensation scheme – until January 31st 2023 – victims can apply for compensation with up to 10 years’ retrospective effect, the agency said in a statement. As such, anyone who has lost money to scams of this type from August 2012 onwards could receive compensation.

To apply for compensation, the applicant should provide documentation of a police report and proof that they were the rightful recipient of the lost payments.

NemID is currently being replaced by a new online ID system, MitID, in a phased process which will see NemID out of use by autumn 2022.

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