Swedish thieves use mobile app to rob man

In cashless Sweden even robbers have had to change their methods, with thieves on the island of Gotland resorting to the popular money transfer app Swish to extort money from their victim.

Swedish thieves use mobile app to rob man
Swedish app Swish allows users to transfer money in real time using mobile technology. Photo: TT

In a country where most purchases are made electronically or by card it’s uncommon for Swedes to carry large amounts of cash on them – if any at all.

Now, it seems, even robbers are catching up with the times.

On Tuesday night two robbers in Visby on the eastern Swedish island of Gotland, had to think outside the box when their victim, a man in his 20s, said he didn’t have any cash on him.

After beating the man, they forced him to use the money transfer app Swish to transfer money to one of the perpetrators’ bank account.

“It was not a large sum, it came to over 80 kronor,” Ayman Abolaich, an investigator at Gotland Police told Metro.

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Launched in 2012 and developed in collaboration between the six largest banks in Sweden, Swish allows users to transfer money in real time using mobile technology.

Unfortunately for the tech-savvy robbers, they had failed to take into account the fact that their details would be recorded by the app when the payment was made.

Police have now identified the suspected perpetrator.

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Four out of five purchases are today made by card in Sweden, and a report last year suggested the Nordic country could become a cashless society by 2030

The picture is very different in other parts of Europe. In Italy, for example, three-quarters of all consumer purchases are still paid for in cash. But in Sweden, even taxis and sellers of homeless magazine Situation Stockholm offer card payments.

However, some of the main critics of the cashless trend have warned that it is a development that could end up excluding the elderly and disadvantaged people living outside the banking system, as well as increasing the risk of internet crime.

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Two dead after pub shooting in eastern Swedish town Sandviken

Two people are dead and another two injured after a shooting in an Irish pub in the town of Sandviken. Police believe one of the dead people was the target and the other three innocent bystanders.

Two dead after pub shooting in eastern Swedish town Sandviken

The shooting broke out at the pub Mulligan’s in central Sandviken, a town near Gävle around 200 kilometres north of Stockholm, just after 10pm on Thursday.

“We suspect that one person was the target and the other three were at the scene for various reasons, but were not involved. I can’t say at this stage whether they were employees or guests,” police press spokesperson Magnus Jansson Klarin told Swedish news agency TT.

“The suspected target is one of the deceased. Unfortunately the other fatal victim is a person who didn’t have anything to do with it,” he added.

The two victim are men in their 20s and 70s.

The other two, a woman in her 20s and a man in his mid-40s, have non-life-threatening injuries.

A man in his 20s is wanted in connection with the shooting, according to unconfirmed reports by regional newspaper Gefle Dagblad, but no arrests had been made by Friday afternoon.

Police said on Friday afternoon that they believe the shooting was part of a personal conflict and not linked to an ongoing deadly gang conflict in recent weeks which has claimed victims in Stockholm and Uppsala. But they added that they could not yet say with certainty.