Elderly Danes lose a million kroner to telephone ‘spoofing’ scammers

Several elderly people in Denmark received have lost money after being contacted by cold callers impersonating police officers

Elderly Danes lose a million kroner to telephone 'spoofing' scammers
Spoofers in Denmark stole up to a million kroner from five elderly people, according to police. Photo by John Tuesday on Unsplash

The caller’s telephone ID was made to look as though it belonged to the police as part of the scheme, news wire Ritzau reports.

Through the scam, five elderly people were relieved of just under one million kroner, the National Unit for Special Crime (National enhed for Særlig Kriminalitet, NSK) said in a statement on Thursday.

Police arrested a 19-year-old man and a 21-year-old woman on Wednesday in connection to the case. The two young suspects are from the Rødovre and Vanløse districts near Copenhagen, respectively.

They have been arrested on suspicion of fraud, police said. The 19-year-old has been placed in police custody for an initial four weeks.

The two suspects tricked their targets into transferring sums of money several times into accounts controlled by the scammers. This took place under the pretence that the suspects were police officers.

They are reported to have used the spoofing technique – whereby the caller ID is different to the number the caller is actually using – as part of the hustle. As such, it may have appeared to the victims that they were receiving a call from the police.

Cases of telephone scams targeting elderly people occur relatively refquently in Denmark.


Senior officer Michael Kjeldgaard with NSK urged scepticism towards callers who ask for digital ID (NemID or MitID) information, account details or other personal information.

“Always be cautious or sceptical if you are contacted by mail or telephone and are told you must transfer money or give personal information to others, like NemID,” Kjeldgaard said in a statement.

“Police or the bank would never ask you to do that,” he said.

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7-Eleven stores slowly reopen in Denmark after hack

7-Eleven said on Tuesday its stores in Denmark were slowly reopening after a hacker attack knocked out cash tills in locations across the country. 

7-Eleven stores slowly reopen in Denmark after hack

“Yesterday, we were the victims of a computer hack. We resumed operations in some stores overnight,” 7-Eleven said. 

“We expect to open more during the day,” it added in its statement Tuesday. 

The sudden outage occurred on Monday, a first for the US convenience store chain in Denmark, where it operates 175 stores. 

It did not say who might have been behind the attack.

Five stores were so far open again, which were for now only receiving payments in cash or via a mobile phone application.  

Based in Irving, Texas, 7-Eleven has than 77,000 stores worldwide which it operates either directly or under licence.